Firefighters tackle three mountains for Oliver

Harlow firefighters to tackle three UK mountains for boy with cerebral palsy

Seven firefighters from Harlow Fire Station are preparing to swap their fire boots for walking boots as they take on three of the UK’s highest mountains in 24 hours in aid of a little boy with cerebral palsy.

The team are raising money for two-year-old Oliver Barker, who is from Epping, and one of the team’s nephews.

He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition which impairs muscle coordination, following complications during child birth.

His uncle and sub officer on red Watch at Harlow Central Fire Station, Steven Joyce, said: “He is taken to various therapies, not provided by the NHS, to aid Oliver with strengthening his muscles and brain functions to try to improve his quality of life.

“There is no cure for his condition, we cannot help his family with the emotional and physical challenges, but we hope to help with some of the financial hurdles that his family are facing daily.”

He continued: “With this in mind I have organised a challenge for a team of willing volunteers.”

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