Firefighters in final sprint towards huge fundraising target for local boy

Jaye to WalkMore than 70 staff from across Avon Fire & Rescue Service have raised over a third of the £35,000 needed to help a young boy from Kingswood.

Six year-old Jaye Cook was born 10 weeks prematurely and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 18 months.In order to walk without support Jaye needs an operation costing £35,000.

Through a range of events and collections, firefighters have pledged to raise the money Jaye and his family need. So far the total stands at £15,700.

From 00.01hrs on Monday 5 May a six day challenge to run in relay from Land’s End to John O’Groats on a treadmill will begin at Cabot Circus in Bristol.

The relay will involve 50 firefighters wearing fire kit and a breathing apparatus cylinder on their back. They will each run on a treadmill for four hours, either in one go or in 30 minute sessions. Around 140 miles will be covered each day.

Firefighter Mike Collin, who is co-ordinating the challenges, said: “We have so far been overwhelmed by the support and donations we have received from members of the public.

“I am amazed by the generosity and kindness that people have shown to this cause. I would like to thank all those who have offered us places to train for these events and raise money at the same time, as well as everyone who has donated, so far.

“I would also like to attribute our success so far to my colleagues across AF&RS, without whom none of this would be possible.

“When Jaye’s mum knocked on the door of Speedwell Fire Station to ask if there was anything we could do to help I was so touched by their plight and desperately wanted to help. I have carried out other fundraising activities before, but to raise this amount of money will be a huge achievement and best of all it will help Jaye to have a childhood like any other young boy.”

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