AF&RS Firefighter to run in full fire kit in aid of Prostate Cancer UK


RichAvon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) Watch Manager Rich Wheeler is going the extra mile next month for charity, as he prepares to take on a 280 mile challenge in full fire kit, in aid of Prostate Cancer UK.

Based at Bath fire station, Watch Manager Rich will be putting his fitness to the test as he prepares to run to and from work throughout May while donning his full fire kit including leggings, tunic and helmet. Rich is hoping to complete a total of 32 runs across the 16 day and night shifts, averaging 70 miles per week totalling an impressive 280 miles. Staff from across the organisation including Rich’s watch  - White Watch Bath will be supporting him throughout by running and cycling alongside him, providing some much needed encouragement.  

Motivated by his dads recent diagnosis, Rich hopes by taking on the challenge, it will raise awareness of the vital work the charity do through research, support and campaigning to break the stigma of prostate cancer, and to remind men to recognise the symptoms, and to visit their GP if they have any concerns.

Rich said: “After my dad’s recent diagnosis, I wanted to do something to raise awareness of the charity who’ve supported my family through this challenging time. I wanted to raise awareness for prostate cancer, because it’s still not spoken about enough.

“Throughout the years, my dad has supported me through some of my most difficult times, it’s now my time to support him through his treatment and radiotherapy, and by helping to fundraise for this fantastic charity.

“Over the past year charities including Prostate Cancer UK have really struggled, and with no government funding the charity relies solely on donations from people like us to be able to continue its fantastic work into fighting prostate cancer on every front: through research, support, information and campaigning.

“The charity needs our support now, more than ever. I’m hoping by taking on the challenge, it will raise awareness of the charity and whatever donation I receive however big or small will help.”

If you see Rich running along the main A4 Bath Road between Keynsham and Bath throughout May, give him a beep to show your support.

If you would like to support Rich, you can donate here.

For more information about Prostate Cancer UK visit here.