Firefighters’ reach new heights for young cystic fibrosis suffer

Hemel Hempstead firefighters staged a ladder climb in the Marlowes on Saturday for James Maguire, aged three. James is pictured with the firefighters.

Hemel Hempstead firefighters staged a ladder climb in the Marlowes on Saturday for James Maguire, aged three. James is pictured with the firefighters.

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Firefighters climbed the equivalent of Mount Everest and back on ladders in aid of a three-year-old with cystic fibrosis.

The energetic crews climbed 16,000 metres in total outside The Marlowes Shopping Centre in Hemel on Saturday, May 28, raising £2,000 towards the cost of James Maguire’s medical airway clearance vest.

Hemel Hempstead firefighters staged a ladder climb in the Marlowes on Saturday for James Maguire aged three.

Hemel Hempstead firefighters staged a ladder climb in the Marlowes on Saturday for James Maguire aged three.

The youngster currently has to have daily medication and physiotherapy sessions.

The crews from Hemel, St Albans and Watford fire service spent four hours constantly climbing a total of 1,600 times.

All money donated will go towards buying James the life-changing vest.

The youngster currently has to undergo three physiotherapy sessions a day and take daily medication to keep him well.

Hemel Hempstead firefighters staged a ladder climb in the Marlowes on Saturday for James Maguire aged three. Dan York in action.

Hemel Hempstead firefighters staged a ladder climb in the Marlowes on Saturday for James Maguire aged three. Dan York in action.

With the vest, James will not only gain greater independence but will also have a much better life quality and extend his life.

In total £8,000 is needed to buy the vest and machinery needed.

Amanda Maguire, James’ mum, said: “Thank you everyone – to the firefighters, to the people that massively, contributed and to Keith, Debbie, and to Cassie from the Marlowes. “This has been a great opportunity for us to move towards James’ fight for a life unlimited! We are very grateful.”

For more information, visit James’ fundraising Facebook page here.