On-call firefighter from Kenilworth is cycling to all fire stations in Warwickshire to raise money for two good causes

An on-call firefighter from Kenilworth is cycling to every fire station in Warwickshire over three days in May to raise money for two charities close to her heart.

Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 24th March 2021, 7:34 pm
Alison Insley on-call firefighter from Kenilworth is cycling to every fire station in Warwickshire over three days in May to raise money for two charities close to her heart.

Alison Insley will be starting at Kenilworth Fire Station and then cycling on circular routes to the stations in Henley, Alcester, Bidford, Shipston, Wellesbourne, Stratford, Coleshill, Polesworth, Atherstone, Nuneaton, Bedworth, Rugby, Southam, Fenny Compton, Gaydon and Leamington covering almost 200 miles in three days to raise money for UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund and the Fire Fighters Charity.

Her mother died of amyloidosis in 2006.

Aison said: "Amyloidosis is a devastating, progressive disease which is caused by a build up of amyloid protein fibres in tissues and organs throughout the body which eventually causes vital organ failure.

"The disease can be very difficult to diagnose due to its rarity and non-specific symptons and it is believed that because of this, amyloidosis is largely under-diagnosed. Although treatable, the illness has no cure.

"I am raising money for the UCL Amyloidosis Research Fund which researches into the different strains of amyloidosis and possible treatments.

Alison, who works for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "I am also raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity who provide mental, physical and social support to UK fire fighters in need, through the Coronavirus crisis and beyond.

"I will be joined on the first day of the challenge by the Chief Fire Officer for Warwickshire, Kieran Amos."