A team of Blackpool ambulance staff, who are walking from coast to coast to raise both money and awareness for mental health support in the emergency services, have received the backing of Gordon.
Following a conversation with Richard Morton and Dan Farnworth from the Blue Light Walk team, Gordon has placed an Early Day Motion in Parliament in support of their walk, which will start a week on Sunday in Scarborough and finish back at Blackpool RNLI on Friday 30th September.
Gordon’s EDM reads: “That this House applauds the Bluelight Walk initiative by four members of Blackpool Ambulance Station to raise money for awareness for Mind's Bluelight Programme to help members of the emergency services to be given mental health support;
Wishes the very best to Richard Morton, Dan Farnworth, Gill Despard and Philip Baggaley from the Blackpool station, who will begin the walk on 25 September 2016 at Scarborough RNLI Station and end at RNLI Blackpool on 30 September 2016;
And hopes that their 160 mile journey across the Pennines from Yorkshire to Lancashire will be cheered by support, sponsorship and heightened awareness of all the pressures Ambulance and other services endure in the line of duty.”
After meeting with Gordon, Dan commented: “We are delighted to have the backing of Gordon and are grateful for the Early Day Motion he has placed in support of the walk and we hope other MPs will sign it.
“We would love for as many people as possible to join us for the first steps or last leg. We’re raising money for a very important cause that is close to our hearts as we help to support the lives of those who save lives!”
The team have had huge support from their emergency services colleagues and members of the public from up and down the country and are hoping to beat their target of £5,000.
The team of four will spend six days walking from Scarborough to Blackpool and are encouraging as many local people as possible to join them on the “last leg” from Broughton Ambulance Station to RNLI Blackpool, before a celebratory reception at The Beach House on the Promenade.