FireFit Health Challenge - Raises £45,000 for Charities
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service is celebrating the completion of a successful FireFit Challenge, an initiative inspired by London 2012 to encourage firefighters, fire service staff as well as people in the local community to get more active and raise some funds for charity at the same time.
HWFRS decided to take part in the FireFit Health Challenge last August and gave itself the challenge of completing 5,250 miles on foot, boat or pedal power between then and the start of London 2012. This distance represented the equivalent mileage that the Olympic torch would travel from Beijing to London.
Since then, nearly 50 separate FireFit events have taken place across the two counties of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, involving hundreds of people and raising over £45,000 for charity. FireFit activities have also helped forge closer links with a number of sports clubs and organisations in the Service area, including Worcester Warriors, NEW College, the Life Saving Club and Tenacres First School in Redditch, as well as with several local supermarkets.
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Station Commander Phil Griffiths, who led the FireFit Challenge for HWFRS, said: "This seemed like a daunting task this time last year but it really has achieved its objectives, inspiring people from inside and outside of the organisation to get involved.“Numerous charities have benefitted, with more than £29,000 being raised for the Fire Fighters Charity, around £4,500 raised for cancer charities, more than £6,500 for children’s charities as well as £2,400 for Help the Heroes. The local branches of the Young Firefighters Association will also benefit from monies raised during the Challenge.”
He explained that like London 2012, the FireFit Challenge has left a lasting legacy, with stronger community links and more people appreciating the benefit of becoming more active, fitter and healthier. It also presented an opportunity to offer fire safety advice to a wide range of people at the many different events held during the course of the last 12 months.
He ended: “This has proved an extremely positive way of getting closer to our local communities and working with them to encourage healthier, safer lifestyles. We will certainly be looking to build on this success over the coming months.”