Firefighters climb high for Jaye

AF&RS logoA charity challenge to raise money to help a young boy from Kingswood is continuing with a high rise test.

On Saturday 12 July staff from across AF&RS will climb the height of Mount Everest twice using a ladder at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway.

The challenge, which starts at 11.00hrs, will see the group climbing the ladder to re-create the 58,000 feet of the earth’s highest mountain twice over. In total 2,012 ascents of the ladder will need to be made.

Shoppers will be invited to make a donation andall the money raised will be donated to help Jaye Cook, through the registered charity Tree of Hope.

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 costing £35,000 with further costs for physiotherapy and rehabilitation.

The charity ladder climb is part of a series of fundraising events which have already raised £40,000.

Organiser Mike Collin said: “Although we have already raised the money needed to help Jaye’s family fund the operation, our efforts are continuing to help with the cost of the physiotherapy and rehabilitation for Jaye after the operation.

“This is a cause that has really touched the hearts of everyone at Avon Fire & Rescue Service and the commitment shown by our staff to raise this money has been phenomenal.

“Jaye is just an ordinary boy from an ordinary family so to help him walk without assistance will be hugely satisfying for all those involved in this challenge.

“We still have a few more events taking place and I know other people in the area are planning fundraising, so we hope to raise £50,000 in total.”