Waveney depot ambulance staff dance for charity during ‘Running Man Challenge’

Staff at the Waveney Ambulance depot took part in the Running Man Challenge for the Ollie's Heroes c

Staff at the Waveney Ambulance depot took part in the Running Man Challenge for the Ollie's Heroes charity. - Credit: Archant

A senior paramedic has described how 'it feels amazing that everyone has pulled together' to take part in a viral internet dance craze.

Jamie Gray, from Oulton, recently set up the Ollie's Heroes charity with his wife Clare – after their 10-year-old son Ollie passed away last September following a long battle against acute lymphatic leukaemia.

It aims to help people with the costs of living and travelling to hospital.

And now, his fellow staff members at the Waveney ambulance depot, part of East of England Ambulance Service Trust, have taken on the 'Running Man Challenge' in their spare time – to show their support and raise awareness of the charity.

Emergency services from across the world have been taking on the challenge, where a whole host of employees come together in fancy dress costumes to show off their dance moves.

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The video, filmed at the depot in Gorleston, features more than 30 people dancing – with the song 'U Can't Touch This' by MC Hammer proving popular.

The challenge first reared its rhythmic head on Instagram in February when two teens from New Jersey filmed themselves messing around in their school hall and doing the dance along to 'My Boo' by the Ghost Town DJs – which is the first song heard in the Waveney team video.

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The dance then took hold in colleges across the United States before the New Zealand police video of the dance went viral with over nine million views and they challenged other emergency services to do the same.

The Waveney depot video was published on YouTube yesterday (Monday, June 13) with the event organised by paramedic Ben Law.

'The family was dealing with separation for three months during Ollie's bone marrow therapy at Bristol and travelling for procedures,' Mr Law said.

'With little or no odds to hold on to due to Ollie having Down's syndrome, they were unsure he could handle the treatment.

'Nonetheless, he managed to endure most of the treatment with a great big smile on his face and was known to be the hospital mascot inspiring others in such a sad situation.

'Although we are deeply saddened, we would like to help raise money for others in this same situation.'

At least four ambulances can be seen in the video, with blue flashing lights adding to the atmosphere.

A lot of cheering and clapping can be heard at the end of the video – as a montage of photos of young Ollie Gray is then displayed.

Jamie Gray said: 'We are blown away by the support we have been given – it is just brilliant.

'Since Ollie was first ill, people have been really supportive and it feels amazing that everyone has pulled together.

'All sorts of staff took part in the video – including senior management.

'A number of emergency services have done their own interpretations of creative dancing and it is just fantastic to see.'

The team have now challenged the cast of Casualty and Holby City to do the 'Running Man Challenge'.

To find out more about Ollie's Heroes visit: www.facebook.com/Olliesheroes.

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