Firm gives cash boost to fire health scheme

John Butterfield of ERS in Bury presenting a �600 cheque to buy equipment for Fire Fighting Fit and Healthy which is a programme to help overweight kids lead a fit and healthy life with guidance and exercise from firemen. Kids are referred by NHS.''Pictured: Fireman John MacDonald receiving the cheque from John Butterfield, with crew and a couple of children from the scheme
John Butterfield of ERS in Bury presenting a �600 cheque to buy equipment for Fire Fighting Fit and Healthy which is a programme to help overweight kids lead a fit and healthy life with guidance and exercise from firemen. Kids are referred by NHS.''Pictured: Fireman John MacDonald receiving the cheque from John Butterfield, with crew and a couple of children from the scheme
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AN AMBULANCE support company has given a cash boost to a scheme which helps children live fitter and healthier lifestyles.

ERS Ltd has donated £700 to Fire Fighting Fit and Healthy – a 12-week course for young people at Bury St Edmunds Fire Station.

The scheme has been running for two years and involves youngsters attending the station one afternoon a week to receive advice on healthy eating from health authority representatives.

They also enjoy fitness work with fire personnel.

The money from ERS, which supports the NHS and has ambulances based at the Bury station, will be used to buy equipment for fitness training.

Phil Embury, assistant chief fire officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We’re very grateful for their kind sponsorship. It will make the programme far more sustainable.

“Working in partnership with companies and the NHS enables us to assist people in ways not traditionally associated with the fire service.

“In Bury we’ve helped about 20 people, aged 12 to 16-years-old, and we’re now rolling the course out across the county.

“We’re running smaller schemes in Ipswich and Lowestoft.”