The Firefighter Hill Climb is a 3-day fundraising challenge, raising money for emergency service charities, and raising awareness of the mental health challenges faced by emergency service personnel. This is being undertaken by James Compton, an on-call firefighter from Bradford on Avon.

  • Each day will consist of 20 hill climbs, wearing fire kit, carrying a 70kg training dummy..
  • Day 1: Church Street to Budbury Place via Tory steps.
  • Day 2: Church Street to the top of Conigre Hill.
  • Day 3: Church Street to the top of Masons Lane.
  • Each day will total about 1000m of climbing, the equivalent of climbing Mount Snowdon.
  • Date and Time: 25th – 27th March, 0900 – 1700 each day.
  • Location: Bradford on Avon
  • Charities: Police Care UK, The Fire Fighters Charity, The Ambulance Staff Charity

These charities do amazing work supporting the UK’s emergency service personnel. They provide help and support for mental health, illness, injury, and financial hardship. Over the last two years, the pandemic has placed a huge amount of addition pressure on our emergency services, making already challenging roles even tougher. This has resulted in a large increase in the number of emergency service workers struggling with their mental health. Through research, all three charities have observed this increase. This is why, along with fundraising, I want to use this event to raise awareness of the mental health challenges our blue light workers face and the incredible services and support these charities provide. Normalising discussions about mental health and sharing experiences can help people realise they are not alone in their struggles and lead them to seek out the help they need.

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£4,001.81 raised of £3,000.00 target by 134 supporters

£3,526.25 donated and £475.56 in GiftAid


133 %


From 25th March 2022. Until 27th March 2022.


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Police Care UK

We are the charity for serving and veteran police officers and staff, volunteers, and their families who have suffered any physical or psychological harm as a result of policing. We are independent of the police service, and are funded entirely by donations and fundraising - we receive no money from government or forces for our work.

The Ambulance Staff Charity

TASC is the national charity dedicated to caring for the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of the UK's ambulance community including serving and retired staff, their family members, paramedic science students, and ambulance service volunteers.

The Fire Fighters Charity

The Fire Fighters Charity offers specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community, empowering individuals to achieve mental, physical and social wellbeing throughout their lives.


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  • Tue, June 7 2022, 10:22 AM :
  • Sun, May 1 2022, 6:36 PM : RT @abbdesmond: Never off duty 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 hero
  • Sun, May 1 2022, 6:33 PM : @abbdesmond Incredible! 💪
  • Sat, April 30 2022, 3:13 PM : @spippytea A monumental achievement by the whole of West Mids Ambulance Services considering how insane things are. Great to get a win once in a while. Keep up the good work 💪