Overnight pier to pier challenge in full fire kit in memory of inspirational grandmother

 
Jordan O'Hara and Mollie Bennett

Release date: 23 November 2020

Two firefighters from Bognor Regis Fire Station will be trekking through the night from Bognor Regis to Brighton and back again to raise money for two causes very close to their hearts.

Jordan O’Hara and Mollie Bennett will set off from Bognor Regis pier after sunset on Wednesday 2 December on their socially distanced walk, and continue through the night while wearing full fire kit and breathing apparatus. They are hoping to complete the 60 mile route in around 20 hours.

They will be completing the walk in memory of Jordan’s grandmother, who sadly passed away earlier this year. The pair have agreed to raise money for St Barnabas House and The Fire Fighters Charity.

Jordan said: “My Nana Pat was not only the person who solely brought me up, but also my best friend. Raising money in her memory for these two wonderful charities is the least I can do to say the biggest thank you to her and to the amazing support and care she received from the team at St Barnabas. It was truly unbelievable and I will be forever in debt for their kindness, compassion and care they provided for her last three weeks with us at home.”

Mollie said: “It is going to be a tough challenge, especially in full fire kit at this time of year, but if we are able to raise a decent amount of money for these two wonderful charities it will all be worth it.

“It has been a difficult year for a lot of people, and we all know someone who has been supported by these two causes. So if we can make something good out of this bad situation it will all be worthwhile.”

Phil Maynard is West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s charity champion for The Fire Fighter’s Charity. He said: “60 miles of overnight walking is going to be challenging in itself, but factor in the weight of a full set of fire kit and breathing apparatus, and you can see that this is going to become quite the challenge for Jordan and Mollie. I know they have both been training very hard in anticipation for this event, and I would like to wish them all the best – we will all be cheering them along their way.”

Jordan and Mollie will be live tweeting their progress through the night from the Bognor Regis Fire Station twitter page. You can follow their progress here: @BognorFire

To support their fundraising efforts visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jordan-ohara

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