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A fireman's lift with a difference marks 20-year service

A fireman’s lift with a difference marks 20-year service

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Mark and Amy carry out a practice run for their 'firewalk'

7 February 2017

A Canterbury firefighter’s got into training with a difference this week. Mark Jones, red watch manager at Canterbury fire station, has signed up for a new assignment – performing a ‘fireman’s lift’ over 800 degree hot coals for charity.  

Canterbury mum, Amy Morris volunteers at the city’s Pilgrims Hospice as a receptionist and when she heard about the upcoming charity Firewalk (Friday 3 March 2017), a barefoot walk over red-hot wood embers, she wanted to take part – but as a double leg amputee Amy didn’t think it would be possible.

Amy said: “I love to get involved with fundraising and I laughingly said to the fundraising manager Deborah ‘this one is not for me, my artificial legs would melt’.  With that, Deborah was in contact with Kent Fire and Rescue Service asking for a volunteer to carry me over the flames!”

It wasn’t long before Mark came to the rescue: “This year marks my twentieth year as a firefighter in Kent, and the role is diverse to say the least but this is a first!  A firewalk has been on my bucket list of things to do for a while so I was really up for this challenge, and it’s a fitting thing to do to mark my firefighting anniversary” he said. “I am very proud to be contributing and having the opportunity to share Amy’s firewalk experience.”

Mark will be raising sponsorship through JustGiving for Pilgrims Hospices and for the Firefighter's Charity. 

He added: “My mum was a district nurse and now volunteers for Pilgrims Hospices, and the Kent Fire and Rescue Service team all appreciate the dedication that the nurses and supporting teams have in caring for patients and families who need their help the most.

Amy, a mum of two boys, is looking forward to the challenge too: “I’ve been a volunteer with Pilgrims for about three years.  As my boys were at school I decided to share some of my free time with this amazing organisation, which is full of such brilliant and caring people.

“I’m really excited and quite nervous about doing this challenge with Mark. He has assured me that we will both be completely safe and he will not be hanging around on the walk.  It’s great to be doing this fundraising for the hospices, I haven’t set myself a fundraising goal but I know so many of my friends and family will be donation and cheering Mark and I along the red hot walk on 3 March.”

Robert Grew Pilgrims Events Organiser said:  “Our firewalk expert Cliff Mann says this is a first for a fireman’s lift and has assured us that all safety aspects and been considered. I’m sure that Amy and Mark will be buzzing for days after their experience.  It really is empowering.  With every single step, they will be making an incredible difference to our patients and their families.”

You can register for Firewalk on the Pilgrims Hospices website

Register for £23 with a pledge to raise at least £100 in sponsorship

Locations:

  • University of Kent, Canterbury - 3 March 2017 (Fully booked)

  • Saga Pavilion, Folkestone - 4 March 2017

  • Homewood School, Tenterden - 10 March 2017

  • Tides Leisure Centre, Deal - 11 March 2017

 

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