Mark: “You have to enjoy your achievements where you can”

Mark: “You have to enjoy your achievements where you can”

When Waddeston Watch Commander Mark Richards was hit by a drunk driver while driving his motorcycle in 2016, his life was changed forever. Now, two years after the incident, his future as a firefighter remains unclear. But he is grateful for the progress he is making, thanks to his time with The Fire Fighters Charity.

Fiona: “I kick myself for leaving it so long before I called for myself”

Fiona: “I kick myself for leaving it so long before I called for myself”

As the Health, Fitness and Wellbeing Advisor for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, Fiona Prew is no stranger to signposting people to the Charity to help them with their recovery. But when hit by a car while riding her bicycle and left with potentially life-changing injuries, she admits it took her longer than it ought to have done for her to consider asking for help herself.

Paul: “I realised recovery isn’t an overnight thing.”

Paul: “I realised recovery isn’t an overnight thing.”

Realising recovery from surgery couldn't be an overnight fix was the biggest lesson Sheffield Crew Manager Paul Holbrook took away from his time with The Fire Fighters Charity. That and how much he appreciated having his family around him to cheer him on.

Mark: “Renewing my HGV license saved my life.”

Mark: “Renewing my HGV license saved my life.”

A routine check up while Mark Quick renewed his HGV license in 2015 revealed a serious heart condition which, if left, could have been fatal. We sit down with him to hear how the Charity helped him recover his fitness after open heart surgery.