Firefighters run before they can help Jaye to walk

Jaye 2 WalkA group of firefighters from Portishead Fire Station are set to help a young boy who needs an operation to enable him to walk without aid.


Six year-old Jaye Cook was born 10 weeks prematurely and was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of 18 months. He needs and operation which is not funded by the NHS and costs £35,000.

On Sunday 13 April Daren Beacham, Matthew Higgins, Matthew Hiscox, Phil Tripp-Edwards, Wayne Levett, Abel Woodley and Craig Williams, who are all part-time firefighters at Portishead Fire Station, will be taking part in a training session ahead of two charity challenges in May.

They will be running on a treadmill in fire kit and wearing breathing apparatus cylinders at Waitrose in Portishead between 10.00hrs and 16.00hrs.

Firefighter Daren Beacham said: “The challenges in May are set to test our fitness and stamina levels so it is important we get some training in. This is a really great cause and we hope local people will support us not only at the training event this weekend, but during the events in May too.

“If we can raise the money that Jaye and his family need it will make such a difference to their lives. We want to do everything we can to make that happen.”

In May staff across Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) will join forces for two charity events to help raise the money needed.

On Saturday 3 May a charity ladder climb will take place at The Mall at Cribbs Causeway from 11.00hrs until 19.00hrs where staff will climb the height of Mount Everest twice.

On Sunday 4 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 33 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.

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