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Firefighter to walk 92 miles for Charity

Stafford Firefighter Neal Evans will begin a 92 mile challenge next month, where he will be walking the span of the County in three days!

"At times I have found the training quite difficult however I am determined to give something back to those that helped me most."

Stafford Firefighter Neal Evans

Neal is completing the walk, along the Staffordshire Way on 4th June, in a bid to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and the Midlands Air-Ambulance Service. 

Two years ago Neal suffered a life-threatening accident when he fell from a significant height after attempting to get into his house through a bedroom window, when he was locked out. Neal landed on his head, and was found the next morning lying unconscious and was immediately rushed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire via air ambulance. He remained here on a life support machine for the next ten days and he was then transferred to Cannock Hospital where he spent the next six months recovering from a double fracture to the skull and a broken wrist.

Neal commented, "I will be completing this walk on the second anniversary of my accident. This is a huge challenge for me thinking back to not so long along when I was paralysed down one side and couldn’t even walk at all. At times I have found the training quite difficult however I am determined to give something back to those that helped me most.

"I have now recently returned to work on light duties, and my recovery is a credit to the care and professionalism of the many people who had a part in my recovery especially The Fire Fighters Charity and Air Ambulance Service. The standard of care that I received was outstanding – and this is my way of thanking the two groups which I believe had a huge impact on my recovery."

Neal has his own website at www.justgiving.com/neal-evans which people can visit and find out more information about Neal’s challenge and make donations online in support of The Fire Fighters Charity and the Midlands Air-Ambulance Service.