Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


CharityTuesday: Running in memory of Thaxted on-call firefighter Derek

Matthew Stalley is set to run 12km this weekend in memory of his granddad who was an on-call firefighter in Thaxted for 25 years.

Matthew, 32, will run from his home in Great Leighs to Braintree Crematorium to mark one year since his granddad, Derek Green, passed away.

Derek, who died on 25 July last year aged 79, was an on-call firefighter in Thaxted for a quarter of a century. Matthew is raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Matthew, 32, said: "He was always busy, either at the chemical plant where he worked, playing sport or at the fire station where he loved being with his team.

"My two memories of my granddad's involvement in the fire service are when he brought the fire engine to the village fair and I got to sit in it, and when he got a medal for long service."

Matthew's preparations for the fundraiser took a turn for the worse on Saturday when he trod on a nail. Despite a trip to A&E, he is confident he will be fit enough to complete the run on Saturday.

To sponser Matthew in his fundraising efforts, visit his GoFundMe page.

The Fire Fighters Charity's revenue has dropped significantly during the COVID-19 pandemic with income from fundraising, recycling and shop sales falling.

The cancellation of fundraising events means that the charity is facing a shortfall that equates to about £200,000 a month.

To find out how you can donate regularly to The Fire Fighters Charity, visit their website

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