Local boy joins Gloucestershire firefighters to raise money for Grenfell

 

Five year old Callum Phelps completed a run to add £300 to Gloucestershire firefighters’ charity fundraising.

Residents across Gloucestershire have been supporting local firefighters hosing down cars for charity as part of a fundraising effort to help those affected by the Grenfell tragedy.

The charity car washes have been held in partnership with the Red Cross, who are fundraising for Grenfell through the London Fire Relief Fund.

Local schoolboy, Callum Phelps, raised an extra £300 to add to the firefighters’ fundraising pot by completing a charity run.

David Phelps, father to Callum, said: “Callum was inspired to complete a run to help raise money for the Grenfell victims after watching people in the London marathon dress up and raise money for charity to help people.

“Callum immediately wanted to run for charity and said he wanted the money to go towards Gloucestershire’s Fire and Rescue Service fundraising efforts. Callum then completed the Alresford 500m dash.

“The entire family went in support of Callum and needless to say we all very proud of him. Callum had a fantastic time doing the run and he felt a great sense of achievement afterwards. He now says that he wants to raise money again, so we are in the process of finding another run for him to complete.”

As part of a school assembly, Callum was asked to explain what he had done and why, to which he said; “I did it to help the people in London who haven’t got any homes anymore because they burnt down”.

Over £8000 has now been raised locally and a cheque was presented to the charity at a ceremony this Wednesday.

Money will be given to people affected by the fire, including those who have lost everything, to buy the things they need to give themselves and their families as much normality as they can get at this extraordinarily difficult time.

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer said: “Congratulations to everyone involved for their sterling fundraising efforts for a cause that is close to all of our hearts. A big thank you also goes to Callum Phelps for making such a tremendous effort all off his own two feet.

“The Red Cross is playing a vital role in supporting victims and their families after the terrible tragedy at Grenfell, so I am glad that we are able to support their efforts with this donation.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: “My deepest sympathies are with all those affected by the Grenfell tragedy. Many thanks to our local firefighters for raising this money on behalf of the community, as well as to Callum Phelps for showing such remarkable initiative.”