SURREY Police were feeling ‘ice, ice baby’ as they joined the world’s latest fundraising craze.
Readers must have been over in Timbuktoo to have missed coverage of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which is international and involves dumping a bucket of ice-filled water on someone’s head to promote awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to aid research into the disease.
Many also opt to donate to a charity of their own choosing. The challenge dares a nominated participant to be filmed receiving the refreshing deluge, and they then nominate one or more others to do the same within 24 hours.
Last Thursday Woking’s bobbies on the beat were nominated by another police unit and bravely rose to the challenge the same day. They did it to support ALS and Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, raising a ‘cool’ £180 for each.
The soaking ironically took place outside Super Dry in the town centre and was met with energetic applause and generous donations from onlookers.
Head of Community Fundraising for the hospices, Rosie Gibbons, said: “We’re delighted Woking Police took the challenge and thought of us. It’s great to see the community coming together like this, cheering the officers and supporting our hospices.”
Rosie has since taken the challenge and has now nominated charity Chief Executive, Nigel Harding.