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City's MP joins in with ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Worcester Editorial 29th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

THE CITY’S MP was given a soaking when he got involved in a charity craze which is sweeping the nation.

Robin Walker took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge on Wednesday (August 27) after being nominated by Chris Winwood, the chairman of the city’s Labour Party.

The challenge was devised by American charity ALS in a bid to raise awareness of motor neurone disease and it has seen many UK residents choosing to donate to the MND Association.

Each person taking part nominates others on social media to spread the word and Mr Walker said he pleased to get involved in a challenge, which has raised millions of pounds for charity.

Although he said the experience of having buckets of ice cold water thrown over him was made worse by the weather.

“In the morning I woke up and it was a nice sunny day, but by the time I was doing it was blustery and cold, so it definitely was not the most comfortable thing to do,” he said.

“But it was all for a good cause as the MND website is saying they have got around £2million and I also know millions of pounds have been raised for MacMillan Cancer Support.”

Mr Winwood also nominated Coun Joy Squires, Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Worcester, to do the challenge, which she completed on Thursday (August 28) and she said her husband, Coun George Squires took great pleasure in pouring water over her.

“There was an anticipation beforehand and when it happened it was really cold as the bucket had loads of ice in it,” she added.

“But as long as you have got a towel to hand and can get back in the warmth quickly it is absolutely fine and it is a very small price to pay for the support for MND, which is an excellent cause.”

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