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The Firefighter Hill Climb is a 3-day fundraising challenge, raising money for emergency service charities, and raising awareness of the mental health challenges faced by emergency service personnel. This is being undertaken by James Compton, an on-call firefighter from Bradford on Avon.

Starting on 25th March, James will be climbing 20 hills each day, wearing full fire kit and carrying a 70kg training dummy, all whilst raising money for three blue light charities; Police Care UK, The Firefighter’s Charity and The Ambulance Staff Charity. Each daily climb will total about 1000m, the equivalent of climbing Mount Snowdon! James says

“These charities do amazing work supporting the UK’s emergency service personnel. They provide help and support for mental health, illness, injury, and financial hardship. Over the last two years, the pandemic has placed a huge amount of addition pressure on our emergency services, making already challenging roles even tougher. This has resulted in a large increase in the number of emergency service workers struggling with their mental health.

Through research, all three charities have observed this increase. This is why, along with fundraising, I want to use this event to raise awareness of the mental health challenges our blue light workers face and the incredible services and support these charities provide. Normalising discussions about mental health and sharing experiences can help people realise they are not alone in their struggles and lead them to seek out the help they need.”

Those local to Bradford on Avon can find James climbing between 9am and 5pm on the following days:

  • Day 1: Church Street to Budbury Place via Tory steps.
  • Day 2: Church Street to the top of Conigre Hill.
  • Day 3: Church Street to the top of Masons Lane.

We wish James the very best of luck with his challenge. You can keep up to date with him on his YouTube channel and donate to the cause https://www.peoplesfundraising.com/fundraising/ffhillclimb



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