Running total tops £26,000 as firefighters near end of challenge to help Jaye to walk

Running on treadmillsMore than £26,000 has so far been raised for a young boy from Kingswood by staff from across AvonFire & Rescue Service.

Since Monday 5 May around 50 staff have been running in relay on treadmills the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats in Cabot Circus. They have been wearing fire kit and a breathing apparatus cylinder on their backs.

By the end of the challenge, which is scheduled to finish on Sunday 11 May at 18.00hrs, they hope to have raised the £35,000 needed to fund an operation for six year-old Jaye Cook from Kingswood.

Jaye was born 10 weeks prematurely and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 18 months.In order to walk without support Jaye needs an operation which is not funded on the NHS.

The relay involves firefighters each running on a treadmill for four hours, either in one go or in 30 minute sessions. Around 140 miles is being covered each day.

Firefighter Mike Collin, who is co-ordinating the challenges, said: “When we were approached by Jaye’s family last year to see if we could help in any way it was a story which really touched my heart.

“I spoke to some of my colleagues and came up with the idea of a few events and challenges to raise the money needed.running on treadmills

“We have been in Cabot Circus since Monday and have been overwhelmed by the donations we have received from members of the public and local businesses. I would like to thank everyone for their support and kindness.

“It’s been tough at times, especially to keep motivated through the night time, but everyone involved has been determined to meet our goal and raise the money Jaye and his family need.

“I would also like to attribute our success to my colleagues across AF&RS, without whom none of this would have been possible.”

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