NI firefighters to take 26 hour treadmill challengeNorthern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service firefighters Kirsty Breen and Warren Campbell are getting ready to take on a 26 Hour Treadmill Challenge at Cadogan Fire Station, Belfast next Friday [19 June].

The challenge will see 26 Firefighters and NIFRS non-operational personnel running for an hour each to raise funds for the Belfast-based Hope House charity, which offers respite for patients and carers from the difficulties of their daily lives.

The 26 hour treadmill challenge will begin at 4pm on Friday 19 June and finish at 6pm on Saturday 20 June, and firefighter Noel McKee is proud to be able to support Hope House, which provides self-catering accommodation in Whitehead just outside of Belfast for people who are living with terminal illness.

"The aim of the task is to help to raise funds and promote awareness of the locally based charity Hope House," he said. "We are delighted to be working in partnership with Hope House that offer a fantastic service to families of a much needed source of respite. Caring for someone who is terminally ill can be an extremely difficult time and Hope House provide seaside accommodation to offer happy memories for those directly affected.

"Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is part of the local community which it serves and this is an example of NIFRS Firefighters supporting a worthwhile cause. Those participating in the 26 Hour treadmill challenge are Firefighters and non-operational NIFRS staff, who are giving up their free time to complete the task which shows how important the work of Hope House is for NIFRS personnel. It is hoped the 26 Hour treadmill challenge will not only raise much needed funds for Hope House, but also encourage the local community to avail of this fantastic service."

Firefighters will be present at Cadogan Fire Station throughout the challenge and will providing fire safety advice to members of the local community who attend the Fire Station on the day. If you would like to donate to this cause please visit http://hopehouseireland.org/donation/.

Dawn McConnell, Fundraising Manager for Hope House added: "We are very grateful for the support provided by Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service in helping to raise the profile of Hope House. All of our staff are volunteers, so everything raised goes back into the service we provide.

"Hope House offers a place by the seaside that people can come for a few days with their carer to get some respite from the difficulties of their lives. We are delighted to have Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service dedicating their time and effort to complete the 26 hour treadmill challenge and we wish them every success."