The mental health burden carried by the UK’s fire and rescue service personnel is a heavy one. Working in traumatic situations on a daily basis can take a severe toll on the mental health of those whose job it is to keep us safe.
This summer, The Fire Fighters Charity is looking to boost its mental health support services, by recruiting a team of daredevils to take on one of the world’s longest and steepest urban zip lines and raise up to £1m.
Launching from the top of One Canada Square – the iconic tower at the heart of London’s Canary Wharf – the 210-metre high zip line will be rigged by London Fire Brigade’s Urban Search and Rescue Team and extend 600-metres to the banks of the Thames.
The spectacular, one-day only event on 30 June, will offer an exclusive group of 20 participants an exhilarating, adrenaline-filled ride that only a handful of people will ever get the opportunity to experience. Operating in partnership with London Fire Brigade and Canary Wharf Group, the aptly named ZipLondon event has been a year in the planning and will take over 80 firefighters to set up and operate.
“Firefighters see and experience traumatic situations on a daily basis,” explained Natasha Mason, The Fire Fighters Charity Fundraising Team Manager. “This can take a toll on their mental health, leading to issues such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress. ZipLondon will give us the opportunity to raise a significant amount of money, allowing us to expand our existing mental health support services and help more people.
“ZipLondon will be a truly extraordinary day and we’re looking forward to talking to individuals and businesses across the country to explore how they can get involved, to secure themselves the experience of a lifetime and help firefighters to access the mental health support they need.”