Portishead firefighters help burns survivors through charity challenge

Two firefighters in charity challengeTwo firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be taking part in this Sunday’s London Tunnel to Towers challenge.

Daren Beacham and Philip Tripp-Edwards, who are both Retained Duty System (RDS) firefighters at Portishead Fire Station, will be wearing fire kit and carrying breathing apparatus cylinders on their backs for the five kilometre run in the Capital.

The event takes place in memory of emergency services workers who have died in terrorist-related incidents such as the London bombings in 2005 and the New York attacks in 2001.

Daren and Philip are raising money for the Katie Piper Foundation which helps burns survivors. Katie was left badly burned after acid was thrown in her face.

Daren said: “It’s the second time we have taken part in the Tunnel to Towers event and we are really looking forward to it.

“Last year we had the pleasure of meeting Katie, who was also taking part. We were so inspired by the work she does and how she has turned her own life around, we thought we would help raise some money for her foundation.

“The challenge will be tough, especially if the warm weather continues, but we hope to improve on our time from last year.

“As firefighters we come into contact with people who have suffered burns and see the devastating consequences. By raising money and awareness of this really worthwhile cause we hope to help some of those affected.”

To sponsor the team visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/07portishead2