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tough challenge
For charity
Physical Training Adviser Eric Atherton, on the left, and Chris Wilson, on the right, are preparing for a number of events to raise funds for charity.
Photo supplied by Eric Atherton.
One of our Physical Training Advisers and another firefighter are taking on a set of new challenges to raise funds for a good cause in 2015.
Firefighters Eric Atherton and Chris Wilson, who are based at Kirkdale Community Fire Station, have drawn up a list of events they plan to take part in.
They are raising money for R Charity which is the charitable fund for The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital and in particular the Linda McCartney Centre, based at the Royal Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
In April 2014, the pair completed the gruelling Born Survivor obstacle course at Lowther Castle, Cumbria, in full fire kit and wearing breathing apparatus. In September they also completed the Tough Mudder event. The Born Survivor event included 32 military-style obstacles designed by British Royal Marine Commandos spread over an eight-mile distance.
In 2014 they took part in a number of events to raise money for charities, including the Santa Dash in December in Liverpool, and raised a total of £1,600.
Eric said: "I’m sure throughout our lifetime we’ll all be touched by Cancer in one way or other so, after our charity fundraising last year, we wanted to raise even more money this year. We took part in the Liverpool Half Marathon at the end of March and we are taking part in the Born Survivor event in early April and the Tough Mudder event in September. As well as this, Chris and I are, along with other colleagues and friends are aiming to run 2,015 miles in 2015.
"This year we're also trying to go one better than last year and in May we're hoping to complete the 'Rat Race'. This is a 20- mile, 200 obstacle fun run and we're aiming to do it in fire kit while wearing breathing apparatus."
Chris said: “I've chosen Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool as my charity of choice this year because of the fantastic treatment and support they provide for sick children who come here from all over the UK. I've seen first-hand the work they do, so have decided to try and give a little back."
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“I have chosen this charity because two close friends of mine have had the disease and I am hoping to raise £2,000 in their honour.”
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK and one in eight men in the UK will get prostate cancer in their lifetime. More than 40,000 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year and over 250,000 men are currently living with the disease.
To sponsor Ian visit his justgiving page at or text Ianr64 £5 to 70070
A retired Watch Manager is taking on the Virgin London
Marathon to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK.
Ian Reid has swapped his fire boots for running shoes to take on the 26-mile run at the end of April.
He said: “I began entering 10k races a couple of years ago when the sports and social running section were offering subsidised entry.
“I loved the atmosphere of running with thousands of others. It was
Firefighters were called out to a road collision at Switch Island just after 12.30pm on a Friday.
This was a collision involving a car and a heavy goods vehicle near Junction 7 of the M57.
The heavy goods vehicle veered down an embankment and the driver was taken to Aintree Hospital by ambulance.
A male driver and two male passengers of the car, who are believed to be in their 20s, were also conveyed to Aintree Hospital for precautionary checks.
Two fire appliances and the Search and Rescue Team were called out. Firefighters were at the scene for around an hour. The incident happened on Friday, March 13.

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