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Barrow For
Marrow
Firefighters at St Helens Community Fire Station have lent their support to fundraisers taking part in a charity wheelbarrow push from Manchester to Liverpool.
The group of 16 are completing the 34-mile Barrow For Marrow fundraiser on Saturday, April 12, from Man City’s Etihad stadium to Liverpool FC’s ground at Anfield, in aid of the Anthony Nolan Trust.
They popped into St Helens Community Fire Station and met with firefighters who wished them all the best for the big event.
Firefighter Andy Sinnott, of St Helens Community Fire Station, said: “This is a fantastic cause and will hopefully raise lots of money.
“We wish them all the best on the day and hope it raises awareness for the charity.”
Those taking part are staff from Jaguar in Halewood and their family members, who will take turns in pushing each other in two wheelbarrows.
Watch Manager Jenny Highton and Firefighter Mark Nicholson are pictured sitting in the wheel barrows along with some of the fundraisers taking part in the charity challenge. Also pictured in the group photo is Firefighter Andy Sinnott. Photo: Lyndsay Young.
Father-of-two Andy Coles, 38, is one of the organisers who will also be taking part in the event, which they hope will raise over £3,400.
Andy Coles said: “We were really pleased that we could come along to the fire station and we know how much firefighters help the community. We’re just really grateful for their support.
“As much as it is about raising money, it is about raising awareness. It’s also about encouraging people to donate their bone marrow.”
To sponsor the team visit their Just Giving page at:
www.justgiving.com/barrowformarrow
You can also visit their Barrow For Marrow page on Facebook or follow @barrowformarrow on Twitter.
For more information about the charity visit
www.antonynolan.org
BEST FOOT FORWARD
They will travel along the East Lancashire Road as part of the sponsored push, which is expected to take them around 12 hours to complete.
It was inspired by the plight of the son of Jaguar employee Robbie Fearns. His son Charlie, who is now eight, had a successful bone marrow transplant in January 2013 following a battle with leukaemia.
Robbie is among those taking part in the Barrow For Marrow push and his son Charlie will be pushed the final mile in a wheelbarrow to the Anfield stadium.
A Station Manager is running the London Marathon in full Breathing Apparatus and fire kit this year.
Station Manager Ged Sheridan, who heads up the Training and Development Academy, has been training for the event which takes place on April 13.
Ged said: “Although I have run the London Marathon before I have never done it in fire kit and wanted to complete a big challenge this year and raise money for two charities. It will be a great day and I'm really looking forward to raising a lot of money on the day.
“I have chosen two local charities - Alder Hey Children’s Hospital and Woodlands Hospice and I will not only be doing the London Marathon but also the Coniston Challenge which includes running, cycling and kayaking in July this year.”
Woodlands Hospice Charitable Trust, based in North Liverpool, is an independent charity committed to delivering the best possible practice and development of Specialist Palliative Care for
people with cancer and other life limiting illnesses.
It honours people’s right to dignity and respect at whatever stage of their illness, by its aim to improve the quality of life for patients and their
carers.
Alder Hey Children’s NHS is currently raising £30 million to buy life-saving medical equipment and
much, much more for the new Alder Hey in the Park.
To sponsor Ged go to:
uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GedSheridan
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