Extreme challenge plea by Firefighters charity

THE Fire Fighters Charity is looking for athletes from Charnwood who are up for an extreme challenge. 

It wants them to join The Fire Fighters Charity Tough Mudder Team, helping to raise funds for injured Fire Service personnel by taking part in the Tough Mudder on May 30 or 31, 2015 at Boughton House in Northamptonshire. 

The Tough Mudder allows participants to challenge their athletic skills at this fantastic challenge event. A spokesperson said: 

“With no minimum fund-raising amount we are looking for participants to join our team to ensure we have a great presence on the day raising awareness of The Fire Fighters Charity and we ask that each person raise as much as they are able to in sponsorship for our charity, to help us continue to deliver our much needed services across the UK.” 

Laura Harden, Regional Fund-raising Officer, said: 

“All those participating will be raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports injured firefighters and their families. Every year, thousands of firefighters are injured whilst protecting the public. 

Every 37 seconds in the UK, firefighters are called to an incident, putting their lives on the line, and sometimes sustaining physical injuries whilst carrying out their duties. 

The Fire Fighters Charity is here for firefighters during their times of need, and assists thousands of individuals every year, by providing pioneering treatment and support services.” 

It costs around £8 million a year to keep the charity running and we are reliant on the generosity and enthusiasm of our supporters, so please consider taking part as your help really will make a huge difference. 

Dan’s story… 

Dan was a fire fighter for ten years before retiring. Due to on-going severe osteoarthritis, he underwent a shoulder joint replacement and subsequently suffered from the side effects. 

It is thanks to The Fire Fighters Charity that Dan now has full movement in his shoulder and is back to his usual self. 

After the operation Dan was in a lot of pain and had restricted movement, resulting in sleeplessness. His consultant advised that he would never be able to lift his arm further than 90 degrees and sent him on a week-long course of physiotherapy with the NHS. 

Despite initial optimism, Dan found that after 3 days on the course he was in more pain than before and felt that it really wasn’t helping him. It was only when Dan confided in a colleague that he found out about The Fire Fighters Charity. 

He was highly recommended the rehabilitation programme and, after contacting the Charity, a few weeks later he found himself at Jubilee House. Dan found the wide range of activities, expert advice and specific programme for him did wonders. 

“I couldn’t believe it, but for the first time in months my shoulder was actually feeling better! The staff really know their stuff and having individual, constant treatment was so beneficial for me”. 

The sleepless nights had really been getting Dan down, but he felt that he benefitted not only from the physiotherapy programme, but from the advice sessions, in particular one about sleeplessness. 

“The advice I was given was invaluable and helped me enormously – being able to sleep was a relief but it also put me in a much better frame of mind”. "

For a free information pack about joining our team of runners at the Leicester Big 10k, call Regional Fund-raising Officer, Laura Harden on 07798 725560 or email lharden@firefighterscharity.org.uk. Alternatively, find out more or register at: http://t.co/QcfyyAwC33

By David Godsall

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