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West Lancashire takes part in the Ice Bucket Challenge

People from across the area take to social media to raise money for charity

Megan-Leigh Maguire and Lauren Serjeant

People across West Lancashire have come out in force to raise money for charity by dousing themselves in ice cold water.

The Advertiser has been inundated with pictures from residents across West Lancashire of them taking part in the Ice Bucket Challenge.

The challenge involves people filming themselves throwing buckets of ice-filled water over themselves and then nominating others to do the same.

 

Thousands of people across the country have completed the challenge which was originally started in America to raise money and awareness of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association. Its British equivalent, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, has also benefited.

From July 29 to August 28 this year, ALS received $98.2m - compared with $2.7m donated during the same period last year.

Pre-ice bucket, the MND Association would receive on average £200,000 a week in donations. From August 22 to 29, it received £2.7m.

Other charities have also benefited with Macmillan Cancer Support raising £3m from challenges.

Water Aid has seen a spike in donations, including £47,000 in one day. The money came in part from people bemoaning the water wasted in the challenges.

People of all ages took part in the challenge and sent in their photos to us.

Leon Walsh’s mum Toni-Marie undertook the challenge for the Love for Leon Appeal.

Toni-Marie said: “I saw lots of my friends taking part and thought it’d be good to do it for Love for Leon. It was great fun but really cold.”

Matthew Pollard, 25, from Ormskirk, undertook the challenge on the sixth anniversary of his father’s death.

Matthew said: “I undertook the challenge in memory of my dad, Andrew, who had a heart transplant.

“I encouraged my friends to donate to New Heart New Start at Wythenshawe hospital for heart transplant patients research after they helped my dad.

“The water certainly woke me up and I enjoyed taking part. It’s all for a great cause, and I think it’s great so many people are donating to charity.

The team at the Advertiser also got involved, with editor Andrew Brown being soaked by reporters and advertising staff.

Advertiser reporter Rebecca Koncienzcy also undertook the challenge. She said: “It was a bit of fun for a great charity and I think my husband enjoyed throwing ice water in my face.”

 

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