Firefighters begin year-long challenge to help children’s hospice

A group of firefighters from Portishead Fire Station is embarking on a series of challenges with the aim of helping a local charity.

Daren Beacham, Oliver Hatfield, Philip Tripp-Edwards, Neil John, Craig Williams, Abel Woodley, Matthew Higgins and Matthew Hiscocks will be joined by other colleagues from the station to raise £5,000 for the Children’s Hospice South West.

They will be taking part in the Three Peaks Challenge, the Portishead Triathlon, the Portishead 10K, the Bath Half Marathon and a series of other events over the coming 12 months.

Firefighter Daren Beacham said: “We recently carried out a community visit to the Children’s Hospice South West at Charlton Farm, Wraxall. We met some of the staff, children and families who use the facilities and decided we would like to try and help them with some fundraising.

“In our firefighting role we have to keep fit and many of us enjoy taking part in sponsored challenges, so we thought we would adopt the charity and take part in as many events as we can over 12 months.”

On Sunday 31 January the team will be taking on their first challenge. They will be running with breathing apparatus cylinders on their backs on a treadmill at Sainsbury’s in Portishead between 10am and 4pm.

Daren said: “We hope people doing their shopping will help us by donating some money to this really great, local cause.”

Pauline Rayner, from Sainsbury’s in Portishead, said: “We wish the Firefighters good luck with their fundraising challenges, the Children’s Hospice is such a deserving cause.”

To support the team visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/station07