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Putting in the Miles for Phil
Firefighter Phil Starkey has sent a message of ‘heartfelt thanks’ to all his former colleagues at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service for raising over £2,400 in his honour.
Phil retired in February last year after being diagnosed with Myeloma, an incurable blood cancer that attacks bone marrow and the major bones in the body.
Crew Manager Simon O’Neill decided to raise money for Phil and his family by taking part in ten gruelling events throughout 2014 and 2015.
These included the Liverpool Half Marathon, the Great North Swim, the Liverpool 10k, the Hell Runner event at Delamere Forest, the Santa Dash and the North Wales Night Hike.
After posting sponsorship forms on the walls of all stations Simon collected over £2,400 to send Phil and his family on holiday.
Phil said: “I would like to pass on my deepest, heartfelt gratitude to Simon and his family for all their efforts, and to every one of my former colleagues who donated so much money.
“My illness is incurable and the money is going on a cruise we have booked next August while my health remains relatively good.
“I feel truly humbled and I offer my sincere thanks to everyone at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service. It has been a pleasure knowing and working with everyone.”
A Sweet Thank You from Charity
Staff at a St Helens charity gave the town’s “With budgets being cut, the emergency emergency services a sweet treat as a thank services are still doing a fantastic job. you for all their hard work in the borough. Everyone is stretched to their limits but
they’re still turning up and doing great work.”
Addaction, a charity that supports people with drug and alcohol issues, donated three colourful cakes shaped like a fire engine, police car and ambulance in recognition of the emergency services’
contribution to the community.
David Lindup, who is a practitioner at Addaction and who organised the event, said: “People with addiction do a lot of taking, so this was really about giving something back.
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St Helens emergency services were given cakes in honour of their hard work.


































































































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