As a wife of a firefighter I see first-hand the strain that this job puts on our firefighters both physically and mentally, but I have also seen this charity in action and boy does it do an amazing job. They literally put people’s lives back together; give them hope; bring their confidence back and, for me, enable family life to continue with your loved one once more. This, in itself, is worth more than money can buy.

I signed up for this fundraising challenge nearly two years before I was due to complete it as I wanted time to raise a lot of money for this amazing charity, but I also knew this was not going to be a walk in the park and I needed to get fit!

With help from my friends, family, the Charity and the staff at Withington Fire Station, I started my fundraising; car washes, standing in supermarkets doing collections, fun days, cake sales and visiting business for match-funding. This all pushed me through my training and kept me going.

'The steps of doom'

‘The steps of doom’

Getting fit was the worst bit. I did a huge amount of stair climbing on what I fondly came to call ‘The steps of doom’. Relentless training come rain or shine. I don’t even like exercise – what was I thinking……

This section of my journey has been humbling. Seeing how ace my mates and husband are in supporting me and helping me. Seeing how much our public love our firefighters and seeing people really digging deep to support them.

Read how Philippa got on in part two of her blog