Participants get ready to go for the St Giles Hospice bed push

A Whittington hospice is celebrating 30 years of caring with a special bed push event.

Local businesses will join staff from St Giles Hospice today (April 12) as they wheel a bed from their HQ in Fisherwick Road into Lichfield city centre and back again.

Participants get ready to go for the St Giles Hospice bed push

Helen Relihan, head of fundraising for St Giles Hospice, said: “The bed push is one of a host of special events which are taking place this year to celebrate three decades since the hospice was founded in 1983 – but as it’s taking place on St Giles’ actual anniversary we are planning this to be a really special occasion.

“It’s all set to be a high-profile event involving not only hospice staff but also volunteers from the local community, and it should attract some attention in Lichfield city centre!”

One of the local volunteers taking part in the event is Pete Shepherd, owner of PJS Autos in Lichfield, who arranged for mechanic Simon McCardle to carefully modify the bed for use on the open road.

He added: “My mother received care and support at the hospice about 12 years ago, so I was happy to help St Giles get ready to celebrate its 30th anniversary with the bed push.

“A few alterations were made to the hospice bed at my garage on Eastern Avenue. I had to fit four new wheels with pneumatic tyres to the ‘vehicle’ and I had to weld metal bars to the body to strengthen it.

“The work took about two-and-a-half days to complete, but it means the bed is now roadworthy – as well as being a decent runner!”

The pushers are due to set off for Lichfield city centre from St Giles Hospice in Fisherwick Road, Whittington at 11am, and hope to return to the hospice at around 2pm.

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