Raising Profile, Raising Funds

We are hoping to raise as much money as possible through donations for the two Charities that we are supporting below. Darren has been a firefighter for the past 6 years, and has seen first hand  the good work that the Fire Fighters Charity carries out. Alex was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2008, and since then has been raising money for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.


Every hour in the UK alone a new person is given the diagnosis that they will have to live the rest of their life with Parkinson’s, a debilitating neurological condition. Medication can control symptoms but quality of life is increasingly impaired as the condition progresses and there is currently no cure. The current medical and surgical solutions are just not good enough for people who are living ‘day in, day out’ with Parkinson’s.

In 2005, four people with Parkinson’s decided to challenge the status quo and formed The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is a passionate, cure focused organisation, driven by their patient advocate supporters who are demanding better treatments. In less than eight years, they have directed over £3.5 million into research and patient activities and have made a significant impact on worldwide Parkinson’s research.Their view is no stone should be left unturned in the quest for a cure and they are supporting a diverse and exciting portfolio of research. Additionally, the Trust builds essential links between researchers and people with Parkinson’s.

Each year the Trust hosts a comprehensive programme of research meetings for Patients, for donors and for scientists, with a key aim of ensuring that the patient voice informs science wherever possible. You can find out further details on their website -www.cureparkinsons.org.uk.


The Fire Fighters Charity is here for every one of the UK’s 65,000 serving fire fighters, fire service support staff – Fire fighting can be dangerous, stressful and traumatic. When fire fighters suffer injury they can be laid up for months, in pain and unable to work. Dealing with life or death situations every day often takes its toll and their families emotionally too.

Our three rehabilitation centres help them 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.

We need you to help us continue our vital work. It costs £9 million a year to keep The Fire Fighters Charity running. With no government funding, we rely completely on the generosity and enthusiasm of our supporters. Help us keep fire fighters fit, healthy and happy so they can continue saving lives.You can find further details at their website.

Some facts:

1,527 fire fighters, fire support staff and their family members visited us for rehabilitation from injury or illness in 2011-2012.

Our centres supported 2,352 fire fighters, fire support staff and their families in recuperating from illness, bereavement or stressful situations this year.

This year, our helpline has responded to 5,981 calls relating to a range of queries including work-related issues, relationships, bereavement, mental health concerns, and addiction.


To donate, please click here to visit our Virgin Money Giving page.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes
“Rarely does one hear about such an inspirational and heroic Briton as Alex Flynn. The challenges he has successfully undertaken would be considered seriously hard by anyone’s standards and are, in my view, independently worthy of recognition.” “I wish Darren and Alex every success in their bid to win the inaugural Great Pacific Race and bring the world record home for Britain.”
Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE (photo: John Cleare)