A ten-year-old boy is on a mission to visit as many Fire Stations in the UK as possible and raise money along the way for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service Firefighters Charity #oneladschallenge
Andrew Impey made his way from Portsmouth to Belfast’s Central Fire Station on Wednesday, in pursuit of his passion for all things fire and rescue.
Andrew, who has autism, is making the first of hopefully many visits to Northern Ireland to complete his goal. To date he has visited over 700 Fire Stations.
Andrew will also visit Knock Fire Station, followed by Lurgan and Portadown, he will then make his way to the William Keown Trust Personal Achievement Awards where he has been shortlisted for the Children of Courage Award.
NIFRS Chief Fire Officer Dale Ashford said: “We are delighted to welcome Andrew to Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service as he begins his quest to visit all of our Fire Stations. Andrew’s inspiring ‘#oneladschallenge’ campaign is truly inspirational and we will support him in his efforts to achieve his goaI. The fact that Andrew is also raising money for the Firefighters Charity is very humbling as Andrew has met Firefighters who have benefited from the rehabilitation services the charity provides.”
He added, “As well as touring several of our Fire Stations and meeting Firefighters, Andrew will be seeing some training drills as we give Andrew an insight into life as a Firefighter. We hope Andrew has an unforgettable day with us and we look forward to seeing him again as he visits the rest of our fire stations.”
You can help Andrew to raise money, check out his social media campaign #oneladschallenge.