Heat is on for fund-raisers

Published on: 05 May 2014

A CAMPAIGN by firefighters to raise thousands of pounds to help a six-year-old boy walk unaided is really hotting up.

Their fundraising has already brought in about £15,000 for six-year-old Jaye Cook – and their biggest effort is taking place around the time this issue of Downend Voice drops onto your mat.

Fifty five firefighters aim to run in relay for six days from May 4 on a treadmill at Cabot Circus, together completing 860 miles, the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats, by 6pm on May 10..

Some will run the equivalent of a marathon and the others a half marathon. All will be in fire kit and wearing breathing apparatus. They have been training at Asda, the Co-op and Waitrose as well as around the streets over the past three months.

Firefighters are also taking part in a “Double Everest” ladder climb challenge at The Mall, Cribbs Causeway, on May 3.

Organiser Mike Collin, who lives in Fishponds and is based at Speedwell Fire Station, said it was not just firefighters who felt inspired to help Jaye, from Kingswood.

“Some local girls cycled from Bristol to Bath in order to help out. Lloyds Bank Hanham have helped; a dental practice in Staple Hill is continuing to raise funds. Staff and clients at Care Futures, Beckspool Road, Frenchay, are planning to hold a sponsored walk for their clients in early June,” he said.

Mr Collin would like people to come along to support the efforts at The Mall and Cabot Circus this week and he is hopeful that by the end of them the crew will be close to doubling the sum raised so far.

Jaye, who lives with his mum and dad, Melanie and Martin, sisterfs Maisie and Macey and brother Sonny, has cerebral palsy. He needs £35,000 to fund surgery known as selective dorsal rhinotomy so he can walk without the aid of frames.

For further information, or to donate to the fund, visit www.justgiving.com/AFRSjaye2walk.

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