Hainsworth Protectives Duo in Sydney Bridge Climb for Charity

Two members of the Hainsworth Protectives team have raised almost a thousand pounds for charity after scaling the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Sales manager Charlotte Brandt and Textile Innovation Manager Rob Beadle took on the challenge in aid of the Firefighters’ Charity.

The pair, who are based at the Hainsworth mill in Pudsey, Yorkshire, combined the climb with exhibiting at AFAC 2011 in Sydney to promote the company’s range of firefighter PPE.

The Bridge climb is a three and a half hour guided journey to the top of the famous landmark taking people along the outer arch of the bridge on catwalks and ladders all the way to the summit, 134 metres above Sydney Harbour.

The Firefighters’ Charity offers vital support services across the UK for all firefighters, assisting in excess of 17,500 individuals each year. From its three centres, this modern, award-winning, dynamic charity provides therapy, rehabilitation and recuperation facilities.

Its pioneering Beneficiary Support Services offers local and remote assistance to fire service personnel in need nationwide.

However, with annual costs of £9million a year and no Government funding, the charity is dependent upon donations and fundraising.

Charlotte said: “Daunting though it was, Rob and I felt that combining the trip to AFAC with the bridge climb would be a good thing to do for a hugely deserving cause.

“We are still collecting the money but at the moment we have raised in excess of £900.

“Hainsworth is proud of the strong links it has forged with fire service personnel over the years and supporting the Firefighters’ Charity is a wonderful way to reinforce our commitment as a business.”

Anyone wishing to donate can still do so by going to http://www.justgiving.com/CharlotteandRobclimbSydneyHarbourBridge