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Local firefighters offer hope to Whitehead charity

Published 09/06/2015

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Firefighters Kirsty Breen and Warren Campbell with Hope House charity Fundraising Manager Dawn McConnell get ready for the 26 Hour Treadmill Challenge at Cadogan Fire Station, Belfast on Friday 19th June.
Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Firefighters Kirsty Breen and Warren Campbell with Hope House charity Fundraising Manager Dawn McConnell get ready for the 26 Hour Treadmill Challenge at Cadogan Fire Station, Belfast on Friday 19th June.

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service Firefighters are hoping their fitness levels will stand the test, as they aim to complete a 26 hour treadmill challenge at Cadogan Fire Station in Belfast next month.

During Carers' Week (8-14 June) the NIFRS will be at the forefront in an aim to raise funds for locally based carers support charity, Hope House.

The challenge will see 26 firefighters and non-operational personnel running for an hour each to raise funds for the Whitehead based charity.

The 26 hour treadmill challenge will begin at 4pm on Friday 19th June and finish at 6pm on Saturday 20th June, and Firefighter Noel McKee who is based in the Whitla Street Fire Station has high hopes for the event.

"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is part of the local community which it serves and this is an example of NIFRS Firefighters supporting a worthwhile cause. Those participating in the 26 Hour treadmill challenge are Firefighters and non-operational NIFRS staff, who are giving up their free time to complete the task which shows how important the work of Hope House is for NIFRS personnel.

"It is hoped the 26 Hour treadmill challenge will not only raise much needed funds for Hope House, but also encourage the local community to avail of this fantastic service."

Dawn McConnell, Fundraising Manager for Hope House added, "We are very grateful for the support provided by Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in helping to raise the profile of Hope House. All of our staff are volunteers, so everything raised goes back into the service we provide.

"Hope House offers a place by the seaside that people can come for a few days with their carer to get some respite from the difficulties of their lives. We are delighted to have Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service dedicating their time and effort to complete the 26 hour treadmill challenge and we wish them every success."

Firefighters will be present at Cadogan Fire Station throughout the challenge and will providing fire safety advice to members of the local community who attend the Fire Station on the day.

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