I saw this in my travels through the UK FF'ing sites and thought it warranted putting on FH Forums. If you call the number on the bottom of the story, you must drop the 0 and dial 011-44-then the number. REMEMBER TO DROP THE 0 before you dial (ex: 011-44-1483-772539)
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APPEAL SET UP FOR TRAGIC FIREMAN
By LISA PORTER

WOKING Fire and Rescue is holding a car wash to raise funds for a fellow firefighter who battled for his life after a motorcycle accident in August.

The car wash will take place at Woking Fire Station in Cawsey Way on Saturday May 24 between 10am and 4pm.

Robert Green, 36, of Almond Close, Guildford, suffered severe burns and had two legs amputated after being trapped beneath his burning 1100cc Suzuki motorcycle following a collision.

Robert’s wife Lorna, 33, a former Woking police officer, died hours after the smash in Croydon Road, Mitcham, on August 22.

The couple, who married two years ago, was returning home to Guildford from the international athletics meeting at Crystal Palace.
Robert, who joined Surrey Fire and Rescue in July 1994, has spent most of his career with Green Watch at Woking.

Darrell Slade, Green Watch treasurer, said: “Rob suffered the loss of both legs and was left severely burned. He also has extensive internal injuries.

“Following many months of first class treatment at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, Rob has made an unbelievable recovery so far.
“He now lives at home with his parents but faces not only more complicated and painful operations in the coming months but the struggle of coming to terms with his loss, both physically and emotionally.”

He said: “Rob is a proud, youthful 36-year-old who loves sport, his dog and the fire service.

“His sporting achievements have included competing in marathons, canoeing and cycling events.

“Despite his injuries his love of sport continues and is still a major part of his life. To help him with this we at Woking Fire and Rescue want to help as much as we can.

“To this end we have set up an appeal fund to provide quality of life payments, as and when requested.

“We want to buy Rob a specialist wheelchair and other items that he will require. He will also need help to convert his home to be more wheelchair friendly.

“Many departments in Surrey Fire and Rescue are holding fundraising events and we would welcome any willing help and ideas.

“All donations for the Rob Green Appeal Fund would greatly be received.”

Donations have been received from Surrey Sports and Welfare Fund, members of the public, and Folkestone Fire Brigades’ Union branch. Friends have also raised funds by running in the London marathon.
Forthcoming events include a sponsored walk across 13 London bridges starting at Battersea and finishing at Tower Bridge, the Three Peaks Challenge; and a car wash at Walton Fire and Rescue on June 21. There will also be a quiz night to be held at Woking Fire and Rescue on May 25.

For further information on any of these events or to make a donation contact Woking Fire and Rescue on 01483 772539 or contact Darrell Slade at [email protected].