Six months ago, Berkshire firefighter Jamie Reeve's brother was hurt in an incident and remains in a critical condition in hospital. In the months that followed, our Welfare Services team have supported the family as they come to terms with their uncertain future. And when the coronavirus threatened their wedding day, Jamie and his partner, Charlotte, took matters into their own hands and got married in their back garden, just the two of them.
It has been 10 years since Hampshire firefighters Jim Shears and Alan Bannon were killed in a fire in Shirley Towers, Southampton. For Jim’s widow, Carla, running and fundraising for the Charity that supported her family in the aftermath of the tragedy became an important part of her healing.
After five years of living in constant pain, retired Merseyside firefighter Gary Burns felt like giving up. But three visits to Jubilee House showed him just how much progress he could make if he put the work in and gave him a light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel.
Reading firefighter Danny Wheeler spent years battling with the long-term effects of chronic pain on his physical and mental health. Then a series of close bereavements left him feeling like he had nothing left to live for. His decision to contact The Fire Fighters Charity is one, he says, saved his life.
For the first time ever, Hertfordshire Station Commander James Bull is opening up about his own mental health struggles in the hope it inspires other people to do the same. And what better place to do so than the sub-Saharan Desert?
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