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Spirit of Fire Awards

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Jenny Adkins, who is married to Firefighter Paul Adkins from White Watch at Kidderminster, received The Fire Fighters Charity Individual Supporter of the Year award after raising thousands of pounds for the charity through a number of sponsored running events.

Jenny had been told she might never run again after an ankle injury a few years ago but was successfully treated by medical staff at The Fire Fighters Charity in Devon. This inspired her to raise as much money as she could for the charity and this year alone she has completed three marathons (London and New York as well as 26.2 miles on a treadmill in the Sainsbury’s store in Kidderminster) plus several half marathons and other races as part of her fundraising quest.

As one of the four nominees shortlisted for the award, she was invited along with her husband to The Spirit of Fire Awards ceremony in London on Friday 19 October. The afternoon started with a drinks reception at 10 Downing Street and was followed by the formal awards ceremony at the prestigious Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in front of around 500 VIPs, celebrities and representatives from fire and rescue services, including Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates from Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service.

Newsreader Nicholas Owen gave a brief résumé of the achievements of each nominee in the category and then former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone opened the gold envelope to reveal that Jenny Adkins had been chosen as the winner of this year’s Individual Supporter of the Year award.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Yates said: “Jenny beat off a strong nomination list to win this accolade which is a true testament to her dedication to raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity. She thoroughly deserves this award.”

More information on the work of the charity is available at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk .