Council leader warms to the Ice Bucket Challenge

Ian Hudspeth gets an ice cold soaking from colleague Annabel Dixon

Ian Hudspeth gets an ice cold soaking from colleague Annabel Dixon

First published in

COUNTY council leader Ian Hudspeth might be more used to freezing budgets but he was the one left shivering yesterday.

The Conservative councillor took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge outside County Hall to raise money and awareness for motor neurone disease. Mr Hudspeth is the latest in a long line of people to have taken part in the Internet craze for charity, including Matt Damon, George W Bush and Andy Murray.

So far £250,000 has been pledged in the UK, while in America £37.7million has been raised.

In the challenge, people have a bucket of icy water poured over them and then nominate others to undertake the task, asking them to donate to the cause.

Mr Hudspeth said: “It was fantastic. I would recommend it to everyone and I think it is a new regime we will introduce at County Hall.

“It is a bit of fun and it is for a good cause. The reception to this challenge has been amazing.”

Mr Hudspeth had been challenged by Oxford Mail picture editor Leah McLaren. He has nominated Oxford Mail editor Simon O’Neill, BBC Radio Oxford’s Phil Gayle and transport campaigner Hugh Jaeger.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Judge: South Oxfordshire arsons may remain mystery + dramatic CCTV video from inside council

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

A JUDGE has said we will never find out why an arsonist started a series of “devastating” fires in South Oxfordshire, as he sectioned him under the Mental Health Act.

More than 250 Didcot power station protesters have now set up camp

Oxford Mail:

2:43pm Saturday 30th May 2015

More than 250 environmental activists are now camped near Didcot Power Station.

Fans keen to join Oxford United on their pre-season trip to Austria

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

Oxford United’s pre-season preparations have been boosted by the confirmation of a training camp and a match in Austria.

Fundraiser attempts to break space hopping world record

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

A CHARITY fundraiser hopes she will finally be hopping over the finishing line in a world record-breaking attempt.

Didcot murders: Community creates a trail of ribbon tributes to its three murder victims

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 30th May 2015

DOZENS of floral tributes have now been left outside the Didcot home where a family were murdered.

Businessman faces jail over revenge arson on best man

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Saturday 30th May 2015

A BUSINESSMAN who started a fire that forced people to jump from windows has been told he will receive a long prison sentence for his “appalling” crime.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

1:42pm Wed 27 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

Pity it wasn't a bucket full of shi*, as that is all that comes out of him.
Pity it wasn't a bucket full of shi*, as that is all that comes out of him. HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree