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Make it 9: Firefighters put down nine times challenge for charity

Correspondent 11th Jul, 2020

IN a drive to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity – and to get people moving as lockdown eases – Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service have set a 999 challenge.

The challenge, which runs from now until September 9, 2020 has been created for people of all ages and abilities.

The idea is to pick and complete a challenge and then donate anything from £1 to £9.99 or more to the Fire Fighters Charity.

To take part in the challenge people need to complete their chosen activity from the list below.

Alternatively, they can come up with your own challenge. As long as it has a nine in it and will make a positive difference to the world and the people within it.

Once you have finished, you can nominate 9 people; friends, family members or colleagues to take part as well.

The challenges:

1 – Contact nine people you know and check in on them. This can be on the phone, over social media or face to face where it’s safe to do so.

2 – Complete nine acts of kindness – little gestures can make a real difference to someone’s day.

3 – Take nine things to your local charity shop (if open) or donate nine items to a food bank.

4 – Sit or stand and note nine things you see, hear, smell, feel or sense that are around you.

5 – Sit for nine minutes in meditation or silence.

6 – Learn nine new facts or new words and share with a friend, family member or colleague.

7 – Learn the stop, drop and roll fire (like Cracker – https://youtu.be/O2iAO2651o8 then do it nine times.

8 – Cycle, run, walk or row 9km.

9 – For the very active maybe try doing nine press ups, nine mountain climbers, nine sit ups, nine leg raises, nine squats, nine forward lunges, nine star jumps, nine backward lunges and 90 second plank. nine times if you’re up for a challenge!

Organiser of the event and on-call firefighter for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service Alison Insley said: “We are really excited about the 999 challenge.

“We know the last few months have been difficult, and we wanted to try and do something that would bring the community together, by getting people moving and perhaps picking up the phone to check on a vulnerable relative, friend or neighbour.

“You can do as much or as little as you like for the challenge, all we ask is that the challenges you set are safe and fun and if you can donate to the Fire Fighters Charity as part of the challenge, then even better!”

To find out more about the 999 challenge visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/WFRS

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