Rank #1: Reflecting on Spirit of Fire, services during lockdown and winter fundraising
This week we take a look back at our first ever virtual Spirit of Fire Awards, introduced by HRH The Duke of Cambridge, and talk to our winners to find out what the recognition means to them. We also speak to our four of the Charity’s services leads to find out how you can still access the support you need during lockdown and what you can expect from a visit to one of the centres once things get back to some kind of normal. We’ve got great advice on fundraising through the winter, and we round off with more of your incredible achievements over the past few weeks.
Nov 19 2020
Rank #2: Coming to terms with PTSD, top wellbeing apps and the wonder of reclaimed fire hose
This week we meet retired firefighter Roger Moore, who came to the Charity for support after a battle with his mental health. Bravely opening up about the impact it has had on his life, Roger explains why others in a similar position should seek the help they need. We also speak to Andy Jeans, Director of Delivery at ORCHA, a company that rates and reviews health and wellbeing apps, to find out how its special partnership with The Fire Fighters Charity will benefit everyone across the fire services community. Kresse Wesling, co-founder of Elvis & Kresse, the luxury accessories manufacturer, meanwhile, tells us how she fell in love with old fire hose after a chance encounter that has since seen her company donating tens of thousands of pounds to the Charity.
Sep 30 2020
Rank #3: Overcoming pain, running the desert and Fire Family Challenges
This week we hear three stories that illustrate three very different sides to life in and around The Fire Fighters Charity. Retired Buckinghamshire firefighter's wife Sherron Razey tells us how the Charity supported her with a chronic pain condition that had all but destroyed her quality of life. Hertfordshire Station Commander, James Bull, talks to Sophie Pierce about his plans to take on one of the most gruelling land races in the world and we join three of the Charity’s regional fundraising team – Kerry, Alan and Debbie – to find out how they plan to help you to reach a monumental milestone in the Fire Family Challenge.
Sep 17 2020
Rank #4: The importance of sleep
This episode focuses on the importance of sleep to your health and well-being. We speak to Psychological Therapist Kim Fry, to find out a bit more about some of the common issues affecting sleep for members of the fire services community. We also catch up with Watch Manager Mark Schofield, to find out how help from the Charity eventually allowed him to escape his demons and enjoy a good night’s sleep. And later on, Exercise Therapist Rachel Rees has a ten-minute guided relaxation for you to enjoy at home.
Aug 26 2020
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Rank #5: Retirement, research and a chance to get involved
In this episode we take a close look at some of the health and wellbeing issues affecting those who have retired from the fire service, ask why they happen and what you can do about them. We speak to psychologist and Honorary Research Lead at Nottingham Trent University, Dr Rowena Hill, about her latest research and how you can get involved in it (details below). We also catch up with retired Deputy Chief Fire Officer Tony Proctor, to hear how retirement affected him, and speak to Ian Ferguson from the National Association of Retired Firefighters to get his thoughts on the simple steps you can take to adjust to life in retirement: www.narfire.org.uk
How to get involved in the research:
In collaboration with The Fire Fighters Charity, Nottingham Trent University and the University of Queensland, you are invited to take part in an online research programme for retired firefighters. The team is looking for firefighters who have retired within the last 12 months. So if you fit the bill, you can find out more at: https://tinyurl.com/shoutresearch or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug 05 2020
Rank #6: Digital services, fire cadet challenges and crossing the Sahara with a stoma
This week we take a closer look at fundraising and, with over 220 of you having already answered our Urgent Appeal to become regular donors, we find out how the money you give helps support our new digital services. We also speak to some fundraising fire cadets who have embraced our Fire Family Challenge by coming up with their own unique series of challenges, with a 999 theme. Inspirational beneficiary, Chris Morrison, meanwhile, tells us about the personal challenges he’s faced in the wake of colon surgery and discusses his fundraising trek across the Sahara Desert to say thank you for the support he's received. There are more of your fundraising achievements and, to round off, we hear from firefighters across the UK as to why giving to the Charity is important to them.
Jul 22 2020
Rank #7: Lockdown easing anxiety, getting back in shape and appeal latest
With the easing of lockdown restrictions causing anxiety for many, our Wellness and Behaviour Change Coach, Sally Walker, looks at some of the simple steps you can take to help you through these challenging times. Two of our Senior Exercise Therapists, Rachel and Kelly, meanwhile, join us to discuss the challenges of getting back in shape and getting back to healthy ways after months of sluggishness and snacking. We mark more of your fundraising and lifesaving heroics in Thank You Two, and we catch up with Essex Fire and Rescue Service’s Martin Chester to find out how he’s been supported by The Fire Fighters Charity and why being a regular donor is so important to him.
Jul 08 2020
Rank #8: Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton interview and urgent appeal
We meet Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, doctor of behavioural neuroscience and author of The Heat of The Moment – A Firefighter’s Stories of Life and Death Decisions. Discussing the importance of positive mental health and her work to support firefighters with heat of the moment decision making, Sabrina talks openly about the things that have haunted her and inspired her to write. With The Fire Fighters Charity facing a fundraising shortfall of £200,000 a month due to the coronavirus, we also reveal why it’s important that you donate through an Urgent Appeal to help the Charity through these troubling times.
Jun 25 2020
Rank #9: How to relax, carers week and yoga for mental health
In Episode Two we take a closer look at the art of relaxation, we ask why it’s so good for us and discover how we should all actually be doing it. In honour of National Carers’ Week we also meet Cathy McBrion and her husband John, to find out how life has changed for the couple since her stroke. Some incredible recent achievements from our fundraisers and fire and rescue services are also squeezed into our new, two-minute Thank You Two segment and we catch up with former RAF firefighter Mark Latham, to find out how daily meditation and yoga has helped him with his mental health.
Jun 11 2020
Rank #10: Covid-19 support, time to talk and Fire Family Challenge
In our first episode we speak to Crew Commander Cailli Anderson at Surrey Fire and Rescue Service Control about the mental health challenges of working during the coronavirus pandemic. We also find out what services The Fire Fighters Charity is delivering at this time, ask why it’s so important to keep talking and discover how you can get involved in a challenge with a difference.
May 21 2020