Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Heroes campaign reaches milestone

A fundraising page set up to support a firefighter’s son who suffers from a rare condition has reached a major milestone.

The Stanley’s Heroes Fundraising Page, which is raising money for Muscular Dystrophy UK, has reached £10,000 in just 12 months.

The charity page was set up by Clacton firefighter Rob Newman, whose son, Stanley, four, has been diagnosed with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy - a progressive muscle wasting disease with no known cure.

Since then funds have come in from fire station car washes and fun days and by ECFRS firefighters’ completing charity cycles, long distance walks and sky dives.

Just last week, generous golfers at Clacton-on-Sea Golf Club handed a £250 cheque over to Stanley and his grandmother, Debbie Deal.

Firefighter Rob Newman, of Clacton Fire Station’s White Watch, said: “Congenital Muscular Dystrophy is such a rare muscle wasting condition, there is very little in the way of funding for research into finding treatment.

 “Stanley is a happy, bright and very funny boy. He continues to teach us what is important in life - family, friends, hope, love and happiness.

“I have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity we have received from ECFRFS firefighters and members of the public. To reach such a milestone in one year is simply amazing.”

Clacton Fire Station will hold a family fun and open day for Stanley’s Heroes on Saturday, June 25, while Firefighter Dean Woodburn is running 100km for the cause on Saturday, August 13.

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