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Firefighters to run marathon in full apparatus for Grenfell community

Tens of thousands raised for Firefighters Charity and Harrow Road Club W10

16 February, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Paddington Red Watch 

NINE firefighters are preparing to run the Lon- don Marathon – in full gear and breathing apparatus – to help young people affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster.

The Paddington Red Watch team, who helped helped tackle the fire in June last year, are raising funds for the Harrow Road Club W10.

The team’s fundraising page says they did “our upmost that night” but were “unable to fully prevent the tragic events that unfolded”.

It adds: “It has been well publicised, the huge loss of life that occurred that night and afterwards, with total number of fatalities still not yet confirmed. Not to mention all of the residents and families from the tower that have had to be move into temporary accommodation with no belongings. This was a hugely traumatic event for anyone involved.”

The equipment they will be carrying on April 22 weighs around 30 kilos and the superhuman effort they are making has already seen more than £30,000 in donations pour in.

Firefighter Martin Gillam, from Paddington fire station, said: “This was a hugely traumatic event for everyone involved, both physically and emotionally. We’re passionate about making sure money goes to the people who need it most.

“We are running in full firefighting gear and breathing apparatus, which is no mean feat as it adds an extra 30kgs of weight, which is roughly the same weight as a Dalmatian dog.

“It will definitely slow us down but we’re deter- mined to finish the race as quickly as possible. We are grateful for any donations, however small, as the money will go straight to those who need it most.”

Seventy-one people are now known to have died in the fire at Grenfell.

London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “I stood alongside firefighters as the fire took hold at Grenfell Tower, so I know all too well the absolute horror they dealt with last June. It takes some courage to do what they are doing, to yet again face this tragedy and to try make some good come out of it.”

To donate go to www.justgiving.com/crowd-funding/a21run4grenfell

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