Chris George, Local man and fundraiser for the firefighters charity 5th November 2016
I am one of few people nationwide, chosen by The Firefighters Charity to run the 2017 London marathon for them. This has nothing to do with my running ability – in fact, i have never attempted to run so far in my life – but because I sincerely believe in the fantastic service this charity provides.
The Firefighters Charity offers support and rehabilitation to firefighters and their families during times of injury, illness, stress and bereavement. The charity also offers its help to widows and widowers of firefighters.
All firefighters want to do is to help people, so when they find themselves unable to work for whatever reason it can become a challenging time both physically and mentally. this is where the charity steps in.
I have personally used the Firefighters Charity when I suffered a shoulder and back injury. After a significant time off work I began to feel useless and suffered mentally. The charity were absolutely fantastic and after a 2 week rehab programme at their centre in Cumbria I was soon back at work. I have seen many colleagues with a similar story since then.
None of us know when we may need the fire service, but rest assured, when you do, there are some brave and selfless men and women out there waiting to help you. It’s just that every now and then they need help too.
So help them to help you by donating to the amazing Firefighters Charity.
Information on the Fire Fighters Charity
We are the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families. Our vision is to make a positive difference by supporting people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need. Over the years, we have helped hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing world-class treatment and support services.
It costs over £9 million per year to keep the Charity running, and we are completely reliant upon donations and fundraising, so your support is very much needed.
The role of a firefighter is one of bravery, loyalty and devotion to public service. Just like firefighters, we are passionate about our work and the services we provide to the men and women who risk their lives to save ours.