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From hospital bed to charity challenge

Filed under: Air Ambulance Costs and Fundraising — Posted by: Richard on March 10, 2012

A Birmingham based firefighter got out of her hospital bed to take part in a challenge that raised funds for an air ambulance charity. She climbed each one of a hotel’s 4,000 steps in one of numerous challenges taking place over the course of a year.

Kidney problems had resigned Claire McQuoid to hospital shortly before she was scheduled to complete the quest. The venue was the Radisson Blu Hotel in Birmingham where there are four ascents, with each having over 1,000 steps. It is the same number of steps found in New York’s World Trade Center.

Claire took only 90 minutes to complete the challenge despite having only just undergone hospital treatment.

She aims to complete 10 challenges over the next 12 months in an effort to raise £5,000 for the charity.

Despite feeling the after-effects, it’s clear she was never going to miss the challenge that she was so determined to take part in.

“I was in real pain and I was in hospital for several days before the climb. But I was determined to complete the challenge despite the health problems which caused me to miss a great deal of training. Everyone was fantastic and gave me a great deal of support, but I was shattered afterwards.”

Some of the other challenges that lie ahead include a skydive, a rowing challenge, and a 40 mile run between each fire station in South Birmingham’s C division in the West Midlands Fire Service.

She has been witness to the work under-taken by the air ambulance which inspired her to help.

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