Firefighters' reach new heights for young cystic fibrosis suffer

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

Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 9:59 am
Updated Thursday, 2nd June 2016, 12:03 pm
Hemel Hempstead firefighters staged a ladder climb in the Marlowes on Saturday for James Maguire, aged three. James is pictured with the firefighters.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.”

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. Dan York in action.