rescue crews join 'running man challenge' for Kath
from Burnham-On-Sea who took part in a 'Running Man' dance-off
to have helped towards raising £70,000 to send a Bristol
paramedic for potentially life-saving treatment.
sufferer Kath Osmond will now be able to travel to Manchester
to begin the pioneering treatment, which is not covered by the
over £10,000 of the target amount was raised by paramedics
from South Western Ambulance Service donating one day's pay to
staff from Burnham-On-Sea ambulance station joined forces with
volunteers from BARB Search & Rescue to perform the running
man dance-off at Brean's Pontins holiday park at the weekend where
£700 was raised on one night.
40, said on Wednesday: "There are no words for our grateful
I feel. Thank you sounds like such a small thing to say. To have
so many people rooting for you is overwhelming. I can't thank
reach the target so quickly, in just over four weeks is amazing.
The 'Running Man' challenge really kicked things off during the
last few weeks everything has been quite mad."
the flip side it is quite daunting, I have the money in my pocket
now to start the treatment. All the fun side of it - raising the
money - will be replaced with the hard stuff. I'll have to have
surgery and chemo which will wipe out my immune system. I'll have
to spend a lot of time in isolation, I'll be more prone to infections
and lose my hair."
years ago Kath was diagnosed with malignant cancer and told she
had just a two per cent chance of it returning.
tragically a few years later she was told the devastating news
it had returned and this time it was a lot more aggressive.
treatment in Manchester harvests cells in her body which are fighting
the cancer. Doctors then multiply these cells and wipe out the
rest of her immune system. Early results indicate it has a 50
per cent success rate.
Kath has reached her minimum target for treatment she will continue
to fundraise to cover any additional costs.
Above, Ambulance paramedics Denise Richards and Shaz Bricknell
and, top, crews with the BARB members during the Brean fundraiser