[C]umbria County Council Fire and Rescue Service’s new wholetime firefighter recruits will be scaling new heights when they take on a charity fund-raising challenge next week.
The recruits, who are nearing the end of their basic training course, will be climbing the equivalent of Cumbria’s three highest peaks (Scafell Pike, Scafell and Helvellyn) – a total of 2,892 metres – to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.
They won’t be setting foot on the fells to do it, however, as the recruits will be climbing a 12.5m ladder at the Old Fire Station in Rickergate, Carlisle, on Tuesday 23 May from 1pm.
The Fire Fighters Charity provides support to firefighters and their families with physical and mental health services, helping over 5,000 beneficiaries every year.
One of the firefighter recruits, Megan Walker, said: “For the last 14 weeks while we’ve been training, the charity’s centre at Jubilee House in Eamont Bridge has housed and fed us. While this challenge is an opportunity to raise money as a thank you from us, it is really about helping the charity to continue to support firefighters when they need it most.”
The Fire Fighters Charity provides help and support to enhance the quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families. The charity has three centres – including Jubilee House in Cumbria – providing a range of support, including physical rehabilitation, recuperation and mental health.