Firefighters to take part in all-day charity ladder climb at Wellingborough’s Swansgate Centre

A similar ladder climb at the Swansgate Shopping Centre in 2012

A similar ladder climb at the Swansgate Shopping Centre in 2012

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Firefighters will be scaling the heights of Wellingborough’s Swansgate Shopping Centre as part of an all-day charity ladder climb event.

Crew members from Wellingborough Fire Station will be attempting to continually climb a 10-metre ladder, between 10am and 4pm tomorrow (Wednesday), to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

This challenge is not only a great test of endurance for the crew involved, it is also a fantastic chance to raise money for a worthy charity

White Watch manager Russ Thorne

Fire officers have set their sights high this year as they are aiming to beat the impressive achievements made by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service when the challenge was tackled in 2012.

During that event, the ladder was climbed 848 times, amounting to 8,848 metres – equal to the height of Mount Everest.

Wellingborough Fire Station’s White Watch manager Russ Thorne said: “This challenge is not only a great test of endurance for the crew involved, it is also a fantastic chance to raise money for a worthy charity.

“The Fire Fighters Charity does important work to support serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families in times of need and we are delighted to be using this opportunity to help such worthwhile work.

“In 2012, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service raised more than £3,000 in donations and we hope to at least match that figure this year.”

As well as the ladder climb, which will take place inside the centre near to BB’s Coffee and Muffins, other fundraising activities on the day will include a tombola, a guess the name of the bear competition and a stall selling goods.