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Our 20 new recruits completed their charity ladder climb at Princes Quay today.

Shoppers in Hull contributed generously as the trainees scaled two 7m ladders for nearly three hours before totalling the 8,848m required to complete the challenge.

The final total raised for The Fire Fighters Charity will be posted here when the bucket collections are added to the online donations on the Just Giving page set up by the recruits.


Princes Quay Shopping Centre in Hull will act as a lofty backdrop for a grueling Humberside Fire and Rescue Service challenge this week - a team ladder climb scaling 8848 metres - the height of the world's highest peak.

The charity fundraising event will see 20 new recruits and four instructors climb a 13.5 metre ladder, situated in the atrium of Princes Quay, until they cumulatively match the feat of Edmund Hillary and Tensing Norgay!

The first climber will start on the stroke of 12 noon on Thursday 30 March, with the 'summit' expected to be reached sometime between 3.30pm and 5.30pm. WM Tony Conroy, Ops Support Watch Manager from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is running the challenge:

“We are currently running a recruitment process and all our recruits are due to pass out next week. They are at the end of their 13 week course and have come up with this idea to stretch themselves and put their fitness and teamwork to the test before they go their separate ways.

“Princes Quay provides a fitting backdrop for such an event and it should be quite a spectacle to view from each deck and the escalators and lifts. It’s a great challenge and we hope to raise much needed funds for the Fire Fighters Charity.”

Donations can be made on the recruits' Just Giving page

Princes Quay Marketing Manager, Sarah Smith can't wait to see the recruits get going:

“We’re delighted to be able to host this challenge and support Humberside Fire and Rescue’s fundraising aims.

“It’s not something we’ve done before, so I’m excited to see it and hope members of the public will come down to support the firefighters.”