Surveyors on ice in Bath tub

IT’S the ultimate indignity, being bucketed by a torrent of freezing water in front of a sniggering crowd.

CALM BEFORE STORM: David Lord and John Herdegen are all smiles moments before enduring the ice bucket challenge on Friday. 290814BSF01

CALM BEFORE STORM: David Lord and John Herdegen are all smiles moments before enduring the ice bucket challenge on Friday. 290814BSF01

But for the staff at Tamworth’s Bath Stewart Associates, there’s a personal reason to support the hottest trend in cold water – the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

Daryl Bath, the company’s founder, was forced to leave the surveying firm last year to focus on his battle with motor neurone disease (MND).

COLD COMFORT: Daryl Bath and Michael Beath unleash the water. 290814BSF07

COLD COMFORT: Daryl Bath and Michael Beath unleash the water. 290814BSF07

Mr Bath and his wife Debra were back at the business on Friday to help raise money for MND research by 

“tipping the bucket” on Bath Stewart Associates owner David Lord and graduate surveyor John Herdegen.

As part of the business’s weekly Friday drinks, Mr Lord and Mr Herdegen were given a drink of a different kind, helping raise hundreds of dollars for the cause.

“We were devastated when we heard about Daryl’s diagnosis and I also lost an aunty to motor neurone 12 months ago,” office manager Mandy Lord said.

“It just felt right to help however we could.”

As part of the ice bucket challenge, a person is “dared” to be filmed having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. 

Participants must take the challenge within 24 hours and areasked to make a donation to charity.

Mr Herdegen said while the rush of cold water was uncomfortable, he felt he had escaped lightly.

DROWNED RATS: The aftermath of the ice bucket challenge. Photos: Barry Smith 290814BSF14

DROWNED RATS: The aftermath of the ice bucket challenge. Photos: Barry Smith 290814BSF14

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought ... I think David copped most of the water,” he said.

“The fact we have such a close association with someone affected by MND makes it more meaningful to us.”

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