A CHARITABLE Uttoxeter firefighter is in training for the London Marathon to raise money for a cause close to his heart.
Simon Poole, who is based at the Uttoxeter Community Fire Station in Cheadle Road, will be running in April to raise funds for the burns unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham.
Simon Poole said: “I was inspired to raise money for the burns unit, as some of the things I’ve had to go out to with my job have ended in patients having to go to the burns unit.
“On Sunday, April 13 I will be running in the London Marathon.
“This will be by far my biggest and longest marathon to take part in to date.
“My aim is to raise as much money as possible for this special charity that does so much to help people in need.
“I see at first hand what damage burns can cause to people and devastation to their families.
“I chose the burns unit in particular because anyone could end up there.
“It applies to everyone and it is very much a cause that is close to my heart.
“We attended the tragic fire of Lisa Oldham and though I don’t have a personal connection, it is important to the people of Uttoxeter.
“She was taken to the Queen Elizabeth burns unit.
“Those wishing to sponsor me should head online or use the text code to sponsor me.”
Mr Poole has previously taken part in a ladder climb for Three Peaks for Lisa and the Fire Fighters Charity.
He said: “The biggest charity event I have taken part in so far whilst working for the fire station was the ladder climb for Three Peaks for Lisa with other firefighters at Uttoxeter.
“We raised a grand total of £8,661.50 going towards the three charities along with an amount of money going towards The Fire Fighters Charity.
“I like to do my bit for charity.” Those wishing to get behind Mr Poole should head online to www.justgiving.com/SimonGPoole
They can also text the code QEBC99 along with the amount they wish to sponsor to 70070.
More information about the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is at www.qehb.org