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Tamworth's MORE Awards winners are revealed

30/07/2014

Gump Challenge Team
The Gump Challenge Team

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has presented a trio of awards to firefighters and support staff who have gone the extra mile to serve the community of Tamworth.

"We’re really happy to receive this award; there was a massive amount of work that was put in behind the scenes to get this challenge and the fundraising events off the ground." 

Tamworth Firefighter Matt Wall

Staffordshire’s Chief Fire Officer has presented a trio of awards to firefighters and support staff who have gone the extra mile to serve the community of Tamworth.

Peter Dartford last night revealed the winners at the annual MORE Awards ceremony which is now in its seventh year.

The event, held at Cannock Community Fire Station, highlighted the excellent work carried out by operational and support staff as well as partners and volunteers.

The Staffordshire Fire Gump Challenge Team, made up of a team of firefighters from Tamworth, was awarded the title of Fire Service Fundraiser Champions.

The team had set themselves a challenge of running, walking or crawling to every fire station across Staffordshire in just nine days.

The charity champions had to prepare themselves physically and mentally in order to complete the massive 270 mile route.

In the run up to the challenge a number of fundraising events were held including a charity football match, a concert and a family fun day. The result was that over £5,000 was raised for The Fire Fighters Charity and Children in Need.

Tamworth Firefighter Matt Wall said: "We’re really happy to receive this award; there was a massive amount of work that was put in behind the scenes to get this challenge and the fundraising events off the ground.

"The challenge was a fantastic experience and we’re already thinking about planning our next one."

Firefighter Phil Mulligan, now based at Tamworth Fire Station, and Community Safety Officer Jo Walker scooped the title of Fire Service Champion – Externally Nominated. The award was sponsored by FHP Blue Light Estates.

East Staffordshire Borough Council’s Housing Team nominated Phil and Jo for being inspirational and reliable partners.

They are credited with regularly going above and beyond the call of duty to assist the Housing Team – members of which state that; without the advice, strong partnership working and professional ethic of Phil and Jo they wouldn’t be able to carry out their fire safety duties as effectively as they do.

The partnership work has ensured that the Housing Team’s clients are as safe as possible from a fire breaking out in their homes and in some cases individuals’ lives have been transformed by the support they have received.

Phil said: "Jo and I were really pleased to have been nominated and absolutely delighted when we told we had won. We worked closely with the Housing Team to identify where we could help some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

"One person in particular that we were able to help, alongside the Housing Team, was a very vulnerable man who was experiencing a range issues. We initially installed a sprinkler system in his rented home but quickly realised that he needed a more holistic range of support. Working in partnership, we helped to rehouse him in more suitable accommodation for his needs and put together a robust care package. As a result he is much safer and happier.

"The aim for us is to improve people’s quality of life and it is great that our partners believe that we have achieved that goal. We are determined to continue giving 100 per cent in order to make a difference to the community of East Staffordshire in the future."

Firefighter Rob Horton has received the Leadership Message and Cultural Framework Champion award. Rob offered support and mentoring to a colleague during a particularly difficult time in his life. He took a positive approach, not judging the individual, instead helping him to access the appropriate professional support.

The result is that the individual has been able to turn his life around, is happy, enthusiastic, motivated and productive. This person has personally identified Rob as someone who has been the catalyst to lifestyle changes that have, quite literally, changed his life and employment future.