Firefighters scale world's largest peak - in busy shopping centre

Firefighters standing behind a ladderA group of 11 Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) firefighters are set to embark on a grueling challenge to raise money for charity.

On Saturday 21 January members of White Watch at Speedwell Fire Station and their colleagues from AF&RS will climb the height of Mount Everest, using a ladder at The Mall shopping centre at Cribbs Causeway.

The challenge, which starts at 12pm, will see the group climbing the ladder approximately 1,340 times between them as they re-create the 8,840 metre climb to the top of the world’s highest peak.

Shoppers will be invited to make a donation in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity and the Wooden Spoon charity.

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

“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.”

The Fire Fighters Charity provides support services and treatment to serving and retired fire service staff in times of need. Wooden Spoon provides opportunities for disadvantaged children.