Haywards Heath firefighters mark former commander’s death with fundraiser in his memory

Firefighters in Haywards Heath are marking the anniversary of their former crew commander’s death with a virtual fundraiser in his memory.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 12:39 pm

Mark Butler lost his battle with leukaemia in 2019 but his former colleagues are determined to keep his memory alive.

They are preparing to host a virtual 5k challenge on Saturday May 1 to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity in memory of Mark.

The crew embarked on a number of fundraising ventures to show their support for Mark, including going Bald4Butler and shaving their heads in a show of solidarity.

Haywards Heath firefighters are staging a fundraiser in memory of their crew commander who died of leukaemia

Last year saw them take on The South Downs Way as well as the three highest peaks in England and they raised more than £2,500 for the charity.

Mark’s son Adam is among those taking part in the virtual event. He said: “This past year has been a very different and difficult one for all of us but we feel that we are now able to continue with fundraising for The Firefighters Charity in memory of Mark albeit in a different way.

“We have had so much support from across the fire service and our local communities too that we wanted to open up our next challenge for everyone to take part in.

“We want to remember Mark in a positive way and have some fun in the process and we invite as many of you as possible to join us wherever you are.

“You choose your location, route and you can complete the challenge by cycling, running, walking, scooting - and if you wish - in fancy dress too.

“You can complete the challenge alone or in a small group, whilst keeping in line with the appropriate government guidelines.”

For more information on the event, or to sign up and take part, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/team/bald4butler21

You can support the fundraising efforts here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bald4butler21