Charity ladder climb a success
Group Commander Rob Ball from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service said: “It took the crews taking part in the ladder climb exactly five hours to complete their target of 6,000 metres, the equivalent height of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (5,895 metres).
“This was an amazing effort by all those involved, and thanks to the generosity of the local community, they raised just under £1,000 for each of the chosen charities.”
He confirmed that the money raised (£1,968 in total) will be split equally between the Fire Fighters Charity and the fund to send Christopher Gibbons and his family on a holiday of a lifetime to Disneyland Florida. Christopher, son of Firefighter Colin Gibbons from Hereford, has the medical condition Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
Group Commander Ball thanked everyone for their donations, and also passed on his thanks to Marks & Spencer in Hereford for the use their premises for the ladder climb; local printing company, 2017 Ltd, for printing banners to promote the event; Border Scaffolding for building the safety platform on the day of the event; Amey for providing safety cones and barriers and also the Cappuccino Bar for providing hot drinks throughout the climb. He also thanked the Mayor of Hereford Brian Wilcox for supporting the event and all those involved in the climb, particularly Red Watch and the retained crew from Hereford