‘Splash your cash for Jaye’, say firefighters

Car washFirefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service are holding a charity car wash this Saturday, 5 April, to raise money to help a young Kingswood boy.

Six year-old Jaye Cook was born 10 weeks prematurely and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 18 months.In order to walk unaided Jaye needs and operation, which is not funded by the NHS. It costs £35,000.

So far crews have raised more than £11,000 towards the target through a range of fundraising initiatives in their spare time.

On Saturday, Speedwell Fire Station will be hosting a car wash between 10.00hrs and 16.00hrs, when members of the public will be asked to make a donation in return for their vehicle being cleaned.

Firefighter Mike Collin, who is co-ordinating the fundraising initiative, said: “So far we have received overwhelming support from the local community to help Jaye’s family fund his operation.

“To have raised over £11,000 already is great news, but we still have some way to go. We hope that motorists will support the appeal by coming to the fire station on Saturday and donating what they can to help Jaye.”

In May staff across AF&RS will join forces for two further events to help raise the money needed.

On Saturday 3 May a charity ladder climb will take place at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway from 11.00hrs until 19.00hrs where staff will climb the equivalent height of Mount Everest twice.

On Sunday 4 May a six day challenge to run in relay the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats on a treadmill will begin at Cabot Circus in Bristol.

The relay will involve 45 firefighters wearing fire kit and a breathing apparatus cylinder on their back. They will each run on a treadmill for four hours, either in one go or in 30 minute sessions. Around 140 miles will be covered each day.

To sponsor the team visit www.justgiving.com/AFRSjaye2walk