You know there are 'firefighter' calendars? Twelve months of *ahem* hunky men holding their hoses? Have you ever wondered why there isn't an ambulance equivalent?

Because we look like this bunch of ugly sods.

But it's not just drooling hideousness that they have to offer, for despite their physical unattractiveness, their hearts are huge.

You see, they are undertaking a sponsored climb of some mountains in order to benefit The Richard House Trust, which is the only childrens hospice in London. I've been there a couple of times and I'm always heartened by the staff and facilities there. I'm always moaning about nursing homes, but this place is different, the staff really do care and they do a wonderful job there.

And like most of the best parts of the NHS, it relies on charity.

My mates, madmen (and madwomen) are going to attempt to climb Ben Nevis, Scarfell Pike and Snowdon in the space of 24 hours.

So, instead of a night out down the pub, why not stick your hand in your pocket and donate some money to a bloody good cause. That and spread the word around on your own blogs and forums. They are over halfway to their target, I'd consider it a personal favour if you could help them reach it.

I'll be donating once I get my royalties cheque.

(And hello if you came here from my bit of writing in the Guardian.)

20 thoughts on “Charity”

  1. Hi Reynolds – I'm a regualar reader of this blog and I really liked the Guardian piece – thank you for helping to highlight something that most people don't see, and don't want to think about. I also work for the Alzheimer's Society, so if you need any help or support from us, let me know and I'll bend my colleagues' ears and see what we can do!

  2. Will do!Did you intend for your real name to be on the bottom of the article? I don't think I'd seen it before…

  3. I'll have you know that my husband (LAS west sector) is chuffing handsome and some of his mates aren't bad either! πŸ™‚

  4. Of course, '12 Months of Reynolds' in various states of undress and repose draped over the stair chair, lying on the stretcher or posing impishly at the wheel could raise some serious cash, too…. Just a thought.

  5. I don't mind being rescued from a burning building by a hunk, but be a bit embarrassing if I was having some kind of weird emergency and the person cutting my clothes off and getting covered in various body ick was stunning. I say, ban anyone too attractive from this job, it's not worth the stalking and the obsessing that a combination of good looks and hands-on (or, erm, IN) treatment may get you!

  6. Hey TomMaybe you could join them yourself, after your fat b*astard post!

    Glad you got your piece in the Guardian and are highlighting these issues.

  7. A very worthy cause. I've included the link on my blog, so that should get the attention of both my readers… πŸ˜‰

  8. It's never a problem, it's in the book, on this website once or twice and everyone at work knows about it.

  9. not the 3 peaks, did that when i was about 16. and its a killer 24hrs kipping in a moving minibus, 3 changes of socks.

  10. Thank you for this, it made me laugh out loud. Not that I think they're ugly by the way. Of course I'll make a donation.

  11. As an ex-user of two childrens' hospices (my younger brother was the sick one but the service benefits the whole family), I just want to reiterate how utterly fantastic they are, and that they get very little government funding, unlike some “nursing” homes. They are all massively oversubscribed yet manage to change people's lives.If you want to find your local hospice, either to support them or to refer someone, is their umbrella organisation.

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