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Show your support as new local fire & rescue recruits brave 24hrs in breathing apparatus for charity



Twelve West Sussex firefighter recruits are braving the cumbersome Fire Service Breathing Apparatus for a whole 24 hours between them in order to raise money for three valuable charities.

The recruits are raising money for the Firefighters Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support and Air Ambulance Kent Surrey & Sussex.

The apparatus they are wearing for 24hrs.

They began their 24hr challenge at 5pm this evening (14th Nov) and will work between them to ensure they cover the whole 24hrs.

Each firefighter keeps the apparatus on until their air runs out, at which point it is then the turn of their colleague to take over, (with fresh air supplies of course!).

The twelve firefighters are nearing the end of their intensive initial training and this is their way of showing support for charities they wish to help.

You can show your support by donating at their Just Giving page by clicking here.


Gatwick Airport firefighters raise over £2,300 running runway marathon



A group of firefighters from Gatwick Airport Fire and Rescue Service have raised more than £2,300 for local NHS charity SASH, by completing a relay marathon run on the airport’s main runway.

Thirteen members of White Watch took turns to run 13 lengths of the 3.3-kilometre runway on Sunday morning, along with Rebecca Howells, a nurse from Redhill’s East Surrey Hospital, who completed the run in full uniform.

The initiative was first raised by Firefighter James Buckman, who wanted a novel way to support SASH – the charity for East Surrey Hospital, and all the services provided by Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. SASH was chosen by staff at Gatwick as the airport’s new charity partner earlier this year.

Station Manager, Steven Bartlett, who supported James in making the run happen, said:

“We decided running a relay marathon on the main runway would be something a bit different and, with many flights resuming this week, not something we are likely to get the chance to do again.

“The support has been fantastic and we are really grateful to all at Gatwick who have contributed in some way to making this event possible, and of course to all those who have donated.”

Rebecca Howells said:

“I was so excited to hear about Gatwick staff voting to support our hospitals as the airport’s new charity partner, and this run was a really unique opportunity. It was great to be able to help raise some funds and to say thank you to the firefighters and everyone at Gatwick.”

The event also formed part of SASH’s Get Active challenge, in collaboration with Run Series – the organisers of Run Reigate and Run Gatwick events – which asks people to use their allocated daily exercise to help reach a 30,000-mile target, through running, walking, cycling, home workouts or online classes.

Donations are still being welcomed and can be done through White Watch’s Just Giving page.

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