Firefighters to undertake challenge to support toddler’s cancer battle


Release date: 11 August 2020

Firefighters from Littlehampton Fire Station are preparing to push their fitness levels to the limit as part of a fundraising drive for two causes close to their hearts.

Blue Watch will take on the gruelling Crossfit Murph workout for 12 consecutive hours between them while wearing a 10kg weighted vest.

The challenge will see them put in a one-mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups and 300 squats, rounded off with another one-mile run.

The crew will be raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, and a local two-year-old boy named George Pannell who has been diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects the nerves and glands.

Kate Gray, one of the firefighters preparing to take on the demanding 12-hour challenge, said: “When we heard about everything George and his family were going through, we knew we had to do something to help. He has to make regular trips to hospital in Southampton, which can take a real toll on a family. 

“This challenge is going to push us to our limits, but it’s nothing compared with the battle that this brave little two-year-old has been fighting.

“We will also be raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, which is a cause incredible close to many of our hearts. The charity provides a real lifeline to both serving and former firefighters and their families. With the outbreak of COVID-19, many of their fundraising events have been cancelled, which puts added stress on their situation. So we are hoping to raise a decent amount of money for them through the pain we are putting ourselves through!”

The crew will begin their challenge at 7am on Tuesday 25 August. You can support their fundraising efforts here:

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