Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Volunteer Jonathon raises hundreds for Stanley

ECFRS Volunteer Jonathon Turner walked 43 miles wearing a full firefighter breathing apparatus set to raise over £500 for Stanley Newman.

Stanley, whose dad Rob is a Clacton Firefighter, was born with Congenital Muscular Dystrophy. It means that he has muscular weakness and will need special equipment to help him as he goes through life.

On Saturday, December 13,  Jonathon Turner strapped on a 14kg breathing apparatus set and walked from Clacton Fire Station to Weeley Fire Station , then on to Dovercourt and Frinton Stations before turning round and heading back to Clacton.

Jonathon, a refrigeration engineer from Weeley who started volunteering for the Service in March this year,  said: “I heard about Stanley through my volunteering with the Service and his story really touched me so I wanted to do something to help. It was a difficult undertaking but I did it in 14 hours 40 minutes and raised more than £500.”

Rob Newman, Stanley’s Dad, said: “I would like to thank Jonathon for what he has done - 43 miles is a long, long way, especially wearing full breathing apparatus.

“ I was with him at the end, the temperature had plummeted and he was in considerable pain especially with his hips but showed no sign of quitting and kept a smile right until the end.”

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