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On 22nd April, 45 firefighters and office-based members of the London Fire Brigade staff in LFB running vests will take part in this year’s Virgin Money London Marathon to raise money for charities close to their hearts.
There have been lots of stories about the two teams of firefighters from Paddington and North Kensington fire stations who are running for Grenfell charities, but we wanted to ensure Brigade staff running for other amazing causes also share in the spotlight.
Among them are Beckenham and Biggin Hill Station Manager Clinton Walsh who is running for Cardiac Risk in the Young. Clinton's brother died of cardiac arrest without any prior warning 20 years ago and two of his colleagues also recently died from cardiac arrest. Donate to support Clinton on his fundraising page.
Also running is Borough Commander for Bexley Grahame Coles who is supporting Children with Cancer after the premature death of a colleague's daughter-in-law. To support Graham, go to his fundraising page.
Norbury Green Watch firefighter Paul Sleigh is running for the MS Society after his younger sister was diagnosed with MS whilst pregnant with her second child last year. Donate to support Paul on his fundraising page.
Senior Technical Analyst Felix Hedley is running for Save the Children. He said he has always wanted to run the marathon and wanted to do something to help the people of Syria. Donate to support Felix on his fundraising page.
Addington firefighter Liam Redmond is also running and he has chosen to support The Firefighters' Charity. You can sponsor him by donating on his fundraising page.
Borough Commander for Barking and Dagenham Steve Norman was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease two years ago and is running to raise money for Parkinson's UK, as well as The Fire Fighters' Charity and Saint Francis' Hospice. He says: "I realise that a lot of people have to put up with a lot worse conditions and actually I feel very fortunate to be as healthy as I am. Most people associate Parkinson's with tremors but there are quite a few symptoms which are invisible and fatigue is the one which affects me the most." Please give generously at Steve's fundraising page.
Finally, Assistant Commissioner Dan Daly is running to support Siobhan Mather, a little girl who has been diagnosed with stage 4 Neuroblastoma, a very rare child cancer. Donate on Dan's fundraising page.