Upper Street firefighters’ ladder to charity success
04 October, 2019 — By Emily Finch
The dozen firefighters outside the Business Design Centre
ISLINGTON firefighters charged up and down a ladder for a distance equivalent to the height of the Shard to raise cash for charity on Saturday.
The dozen firefighters from the station in Upper Street, alongside their colleagues from Euston fire station and the Fire Cadets, set up a ladder outside the Business Design Centre to raise £2,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity and two local charities.
Station manager Steve Howlett said his family had been supported by the Fire Fighters Charity, which offers physical rehabilitation packages and emotional support to firefighters and their families.
“They really helped when my wife broke her leg, they do amazing work for us. We climbed for four hours, sometimes through wind and rain with each firefighter climbing the 303 metres of the Shard. So many people supported us and gave us cash in our buckets. It was wonderful to see and we’re very grateful,” he said.
He added that his “legs were pretty sore and tired” after his stint up the ladder and added: “I had a night shift the day after the charity fundraising so it was quite a tiring few days, especially as we had a couple of shouts that night.”
He also thanked Griffin Scaffolding London for the £400 donation and for the scaffolding used on the day.