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Do you dare to dangle?

SFRS Rope Rescue team and Chief promote fund raiser
SFRS Rope Rescue team and Chief promote fund raiser

The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of life-enhancing services for the fire and rescue community, is seeking brave volunteers to abseil down the Fire Tower at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters to help raise vital funds.

"We’re delighted to be hosting this charity abseil event for this fantastic cause."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford

The sponsored abseil takes place on Saturday 17th March and allows courageous participants to take the plunge and drop over the abyss, then abseil down to the bottom. The experience promises to be thrilling for both adrenalin junkies and more land-loving types – with all participants welcome.

If you are over 16 (under 18’s will need parental consent) and have no serious medical conditions and are seeking a thrill then this could be the challenge for you! There is a £10 registration fee and you only need to raise a minimum of £90 (under 18’s £60) in sponsorship.  All participants will receive a certificate to prove they did indeed take the challenge.

Emma Evans, Regional Fundraiser for The Fire Fighters Charity, explains: "We are offering the people of the Staffordshire area, a fantastic opportunity to experience a genuinely thrilling buzz and also raise money for a great cause. The Fire Fighters Charity is available for all members of the fire service community during their times of need, assisting thousands of individuals every year by providing pioneering treatment and support services.

"We offer a confidential and impartial helpline service, providing advice and support on a broad range of issues, as well as having a nationwide network of professional staff and trained volunteers, who are ready to help locally. We aim to provide practical assistance and solutions to make a real difference to the lives of members of the fire service community. Your brave abseiling efforts can help us make this difference."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Peter Dartford said: "We’re delighted to be hosting this charity abseil event for this fantastic cause. The Charity is close to the hearts of many of the staff here, a number of whom have benefited from the service the Charity provides.

"We’d encourage those looking to do something a bit different for charity this year to sign up, or for the less adventurous there will be plenty of people to sponsor."

It costs £9m every year to meet the needs of the charity’s beneficiaries, and with no government funding, it is completely reliant upon donations from the general public and fire community. To take part text "abseil" to 07766 901823or email  eevans@firefighterscharity.org.uk