Firefighters scale world's highest peak - in the middle of Bristol

A group of Avon Fire & Rescue Service firefighters are set to embark on a grueling challenge to raise money for charity.

On Saturday 1 May Firefighter Mike Collin, who is a member of White Watch at Speedwell Fire Station, will be joined by some of his colleagues to climb the height of Mount Everest, using a ladder in the Cabot Circus shopping centre in Bristol.

The challenge, which starts at midday, is expected to take around three hours to complete, with the participants climbing the ladder 1,006 times between them as they re-create the 8,840 metres to the top of the world’s highest peak.

Shoppers will be invited to make a donation to The Fire Fighters Charity and children’s charity Wooden Spoon.

The Fire Fighters Charity provides support services and treatment to serving and retired firefighters in times of need and Wooden Spoon aims to provide disadvantaged children with opportunities.

Speaking about the climb, Mike said: “This is quite a tough challenge to undertake and will no doubt test our stamina and fitness skills.

“We are really hoping that the event will attract the attention of shoppers and they will come over and donate to these two very worthwhile causes.”

As well as donating on the day members of the public can donate online by visiting or and donating to team number five, the Jampotters.