With our official 80th birthday fast approaching, our supporters have pulled off some incredible fundraising activities and challenges throughout July in aid of us.

Thank you to all of you who have cycled, ran, walked, donated, baked, crafted and more.

In an incredibly powerful fundraiser, Tom Pyman is cycling the equivalent of Land’s End to John O’ Groats – 837 miles – around his hometown of Potton, as a thank you to the firefighters who saved his life following a near-fatal car accident five years ago.

“I was in a near fatal car accident. I was trapped under the car and the Potton Fire Crew were able to dig a trench to safely pull me out. Without them, I likely wouldn’t be here today, which is why I want to raise money for the The Fire Fighters Charity to show my gratitude,” he says.

See some of his photos here:

Three firefighters from Shropshire and Staffordshire cycled the length of the UK to raise vital funds for us and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Rob Simcox and Alec Thomas, both from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, were joined by Station Manager Russ Brown, from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, for the 1,000-mile ride – which they started on Thursday, 20 July. See photos from their ride here:

Meanwhile, a team of firefighters from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service took on the Ilkley Half Marathon – some in full fire kit and BA – in memory of two of their colleagues and friends. Read their story here.

And retired firefighter Nigel Bulmer joined a friend of his for an epic fundraiser. They completed a 250-mile bike ride to mark 25 years of his friend in his company. You can donate to their fundraiser in aid of us here.

Elsewhere, three members of Green Watch London Oxford Airport walked in fire kit from the source of the River Thames (Thames Head) to the town of Lechalde – approximately 24 miles – in one day.

Below are just a few more of the highlights, as well as quotes from our donors…

And don’t forget, you can share your amazing fundraising achievements, encourage others and share ideas on My Fire Fighters Charity. We have a series of dedicated groups you can join. Just register now and head to the ‘Groups’ tab at the top of the My Fire Fighters Charity homepage.


“I have a lot of respect for the firefighters, who risk there lives to save others”


“My partner has benefited from the service provided”


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“I donated to say thank you for the wonderful stay at Harcombe House.”


“I donated after I used the facilities at Penrith”


“I donated to support a good cause”


“I donated because you are amazing”


“I donated as gratitude to local firefighting services”


“I donated because they were there to help when needed”


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