On 31st March Skipton Fire Station held an open day in order to raise money for Candlelighters in support of a local Skipton boy, William Bramley. The team from the station were overwhelmed by the support of all the people who attended on the day and managed to raise an incredible £4000!

William, who is 4 years old, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) in December 2017. Since his diagnosis, Candlelighters have supported William and his family, his mother Joanne Bramley said: “As a family we cannot thank Candlelighters enough for the emotional and financial support we have received. They have helped enormously in trying to make things normal in what is a very abnormal situation. Thanks to Martyn and the whole team, the fire station event was a great day and has raised a fantastic amount of money to help Candlelighters continue the work that they do.”

William on Stray FM

Gina, Community Fundraiser from Candlelighters said “We have been blown away by the amount of support coming from the Skipton area. The fire service have done an incredible job with their fundraising so far. We really appreciate their enthusiasm for continuing to support Candlelighters and William.”

But the fundraising does not stop there…

A group of fire fighters will also be embarking on another challenge in May by taking on the highest peak in the UK- Ben Nevis!

Martyn, from the Fire Service said “We heard of Williams’s illness shortly after diagnosis in December last year as he is related to one of our firefighters at Skipton.  With the nature of the role we fulfil as members of the emergency services, we are subject to seeing some harrowing and unwholesome events, yet to see a little boy fighting for his life has driven us to help both William and other sick children in ways that we may not necessarily have thought we could.

Following on from the success of our recent open day, we had the pleasure of visiting the amazing team at Candlelighters. The whole experience so far has been incredible and one that has given us additional motivation to do so much more and hopefully make a difference to so many people.

William on the day!

I would like to thank the local community and Rolls Royce where Williams’s dad Chris Bramley works, for the incredible donations and generosity we have received. I would also like to give a special thank you to both Stray FM and my firefighters and their family/friends who have worked tirelessly to make the open day be a success

For us now we are going to take on our next big challenge and tackle Ben Nevis head on to raise money and awareness for the Candlelighters Trust

Sometimes as firefighters we are referred to as heroes, yet for me, to see a little child going through so much pain, they are the real heroes, inspirations and role models. Some say you should never meet your hero, yet on the contrary, having had the pleasure to get to know William, we have certainly made friends for life and it is our honour to support him and the charity” 

If you would like to help the Fire Service reach their £500 target for Candlelighters you can donate to their Just Giving page by searching “Walk4William” or calling the Candlelighters office 0113 322 9283.

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