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West Midlands Ambulance Service staff set to battle it out in charity football match

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 30, 2014

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AMBULANCE crews from throughout Staffordshire will be demonstrating their football skills this weekend.

Two teams, from North and South Staffordshire, will be taking part in a match to raise money for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Charity.

Staff from a variety of roles and ranks will be taking part in the event, which was set up after Dave Minard, a paramedic with the West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) who received treatment at the hospital after being diagnosed with advanced colorectal cancer.

So far both Mr Minard and colleagues at WMAS have managed to raise more than £5,500 for charity.

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His previous fund-raising exploits have included a skydive as well as climbing the three highest peaks in Britain alongside a team of other paramedics.

Speaking ahead of the game, which kicks off at 3pm on Sunday, Mr Minard said: "My diagnosis came as a complete shock. I have always led an extremely healthy lifestyle, exercising most days and maintaining a good diet, but cancer isn't picky."

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