Peak challenge for firefighters

Firemen Mick Taylor and Jim Sheridan who will be raising money for Trinity Hospice.
Firemen Mick Taylor and Jim Sheridan who will be raising money for Trinity Hospice.
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FIREFIGHTERS will climb three mountains to raise money for a hospice caring for the terminally ill.

Six firemen from fire stations on the Fylde coast are set to tackle the national three peaks challenge in 24 hours for Trinity Hospice.

This includes climbing Ben Nevis, Snowdon, and Scafell Pike, the highest mountains in Scotland, Wales and England respectively.

Five firefighters from Blackpool Fire Station, including Mick Taylor, are taking on the challenge following the death of their colleague’s wife from cancer.

John Oates, a watch manager at Blackpool Fire Station, lost his wife Beverley, 40, last year.

She was given care in the 11 days before she died at Bispham’s Trinity Hospice, and the money raised during the gruelling walk will go towards the care they provide.

Mr Oates said: “I felt very humble when I heard they were prepared to do this challenge for Trinity Hospice.

“I spent 11 days with my wife in the hospice and they looked after us with dignity and total care.

“If there’s anything I can do to help this charity, I will do it.”

Mr Taylor said: “John is very glad we are doing it and when I approached him about it he was extremely pleased.

“They deserve the money, especially when they’ve gone through something like this and I feel it’s the right thing to do.

“We are all very experienced walkers, but it’s still very tough because they are the three highest mountains in Britain.”

To be successful in their challenge, the firefighters must reach all three peaks in 24 hours.

This involves the ascent and descent of the mountains and travelling between three countries.

Mr Oates, 49, added: “It’s very daunting to try and do the three peaks like they are doing and I wish them all the best, especially the charity they are doing it for.

“I hope the money will be used for others in the same situation I was in.

“I was unaware they were doing it and it was only when they told me it what they were training for that I realised.”

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