Charity Challenge reaches Mount Everest

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The December Ascender reached the dizzy heights of Mount Everest – twice! A grand total of 1,599 climbs amounted to an amazing 21,586.5m. The challenge raised £3,885 for The Fire Fighters Charity and two winners topped the leader board.

Congratulations to Paisley Fire Station. Their 11-strong team made 177 total ascents of a 13.5m ladder, averaging 20.9 climbs per person.

They reached this figure despite their team getting mobilised midway through the challenge which caused them to employ some new recruits!

Congratulations also to Denny Fire Station and Larbert RDS – their teams averaged an impressive 21.07 climbs per person.

During December, 12 stations took part in the challenge, a total of 106 people from locations in the Shetlands to Clackmannanshire, Glasgow and Lanarkshire to Darwen Fire Station in Lancashire. Many braved strong winds (Shetland) and driving rain (the Senior Leadership Team, as well as Denny and Larbert).

Thanks also to the Glasgow HQ Management Team for creating the challenge and for setting the bar high.

The winning stations will receive a bespoke Fire Fighters Charity Whisky Lid. This trophy has been designed and donated by Sandy Robertson, Crew Commander, Larbert Red Watch and owner of SmokeEater Art.

Fiona McMillan, Community, Corporate & Events Fundraiser for the Fire Fighters Charity said: “I am absolutely delighted that crews and stations got involved in the friendly competition and got behind supporting The Fire Fighters Charity with their fundraising. Despite the varying levels of restrictions throughout December the total amount raised was an incredible £3,885. We hope to see the December Ascender return later this year and would welcome more stations getting involved in some light-hearted competitive ladder climbing!”

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