Monday, 22 September 2014

World record smashed at Uckfield fire station for Fire Fighters Charity

Visitors to Uckfield Community Fire Station saw a world record smashed as part of a fund raising day this weekend (20 September 2014).

Hundreds of people attended the event which included 21 local charity stalls and fun activities for the whole family.

The record-breaking challenge took centre stage, with the aim to complete the 'most vertical distance down a fireman's pole in one hour by a team of ten'.

The pole drop length had been verified the previous day and calculations altered before the Guinness rules were confirmed to the team.

At 1200hrs the pole drop was started by the town Mayor, Cllr Ian Smith as the noisy crowd encouraged the team. Having worked out a pace to achieve the record, adrenalin and crowd expectation took over and the pace picked up under the watchful eyes of adjudicators Glenn Jones, Wendy Frampton and Jane Cook. Service solicitor Liz Woodley and the Mayor acted as independent witnesses.

The previous record of 5240 metres (17,191 feet), set by Hove Green Watch in 2009 was reached with 10 minutes to spare and the team continued on to set a new record for the hour of 6188 metres (20,301 feet) with a total of 1105 pole drops.

While the achievement still has to be verified by the Guinness Book of World Records, the team are celebrating helping raise around £1600 for the Firefighters Charity after generous match funding from Santander.

Donations can be made online at:  by searching for the name Paul Henty.

The record breaking team was; Paul Henty, Rick Funnell, Mani Gilbert-King, Jason Pook, George Stonehouse, Steve Ramsey, James Boutle, Ryan Fleetwood-Jones, Simon Harris & Ian Ritchie.

Photos and video of the event can be seen at Uckfield FM Pole drop challenge & Uckfield News Pole drop challenge.

Special thanks go to; Mann Scaffolding and Intersport of Lewes for the provision of the tower and shirts. To Uckfield FM and Uckfield News for their support and publicity. To The Uckfield Singers, The Uckfield Ensemble and Vision Taekwon-do for entertaining the crowd. To all supporting charities and to the public of Uckfield and surrounding villages for supporting the day and making it a true community event.

About the Fire Fighters Charity 

The Fire Fighters Charity is the leading provider of support and rehabilitation services for the fire and rescue community. We’re here for everyone serving in the UK’s fire and rescue service – and their families. 

The Charity’s three rehabilitation centres help fire fighters get back on their feet after injury, trauma and problems in their lives. Serving and retired fire fighters can also call the trained advisers on our helpline for support with any issues, from claiming benefits to improving family relationships. And our staff can visit fire fighters at home if solving their problem needs a more in-depth approach.

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