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Firefighters gear up for “999 hellfire” challenge

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FIREFIGHTERS in Warrington are gearing up to compete a “999 hellfire” challenge of exercises to raise money for charity.

The team of eight will embark on the gruelling fundraiser over a 12-hour period on Thursday (July 30).
The four exercises will include completing:
• 999 13.5m ladder ascends and descends – the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest once and Snowdon four times
• Walking the length of Lake Windermere by doing 999 casualty drags
• 999 hose runs – the same as two times around Central Park
• And hauling an item of equipment aloft – the same as 12 times to the top of the Burj Khalifa
The firefighters will take on the mountainous challenge without leaving their fire station on Winnick Road.

A JustGiving page has been set up for the challenge and all the money raised will go to The Fire Fighters Charity – the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance the quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.
Those who provide a donation also have the opportunity to win a prize.
Watch manager Joanna Collier said: “This is going to be a seriously difficult and tough challenge but we have been training very hard because we are doing it for a fantastic cause.
“We have created a JustGiving page for the challenge and we are already over half way to raising our target of at least £2,500 for The Fire Fighters Charity.
“I would encourage people to show their support by donating as much money as they can for the fantastic work that The Fire Fighters Charity does.”
“The charity relies on donations and fundraising for the vital respite, recuperation and rehabilitation that it provides for sick and injured firefighters and their families.
“The coronavirus pandemic has caused a massive reduction in the level of funding The Fire Fighters Charity has received this year and we are determined to do our bit to help make up some of the shortfall.”
Anyone willing to make a donation for the charity challenge can do so online at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/joanna-collier

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