Spencer Jones

Stus Phoenix Challenge 2021

Fundraising for The Fire Fighters Charity
raised of £1,000 target
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In memory of Stu Crebbin
We provide life-enhancing support to the UK's fire & rescue community.


A team of Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue (HWFRS) firefighters are determined to continue the fundraising legacy left by a former colleague who died in March, at the age of 46 after a 12-month battle with cancer. 

Last August the ‘Stu’s Phoenix Challenge’ team undertook the Brecon Beacon 10 Peaks Traverse (East to West). Despite Stu being diagnosed with colon-cancer in April 2020, having to undertake intense chemotherapy and immunotherapy sessions in the lead-up to the challenge, even these setbacks didn’t stop Stu from completing the majority of the challenge. Stu was keen to share not only his battle with Cancer but also his battle with PTSD, walking and the last years challenge were a purpose that enabled Stu to escape. This is because not only the event but the majority of training was carried out as a team.

The final total raised last year was an incredible £11,384 for the Fire Fighters Charity. The spirit and zest for life Stu demonstrated in the latter months and weeks of Stu’s life, especially his dedication to the Firefighters Charity is something that Stu himself would like to see live on. So, with this in mind the team are determined to maintain last year’s momentum and would like people to support this year’s event.


The Brecon Beacon 10 Peaks Traverse 24-hour challenge is not for the faint hearted,  the event  involves climbing the 10 main peaks within the Brecon Beacons National park, around 42 miles of mountain terrain with 3,100 metres of ascent and the average 80kg person burning around 9,000 calories.  It’s often been described as mentally and physically challenging, but without doubt incredibly rewarding. 

Stu’s sister Sam will be there on the day of the event and is looking forward to seeing everyone and sharing great stories and special memories of Stu. The family have said ‘Stu was dedicated to raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity and specifically asked for donations to be made to this charity on his behalf so we know he would fully support and love this event, we would like to express how honoured we are at this event being undertaken in memory of Stu, he thoroughly enjoyed this challenge himself in August 2020 and we are certain he will be with you all that take on this 2021 challenge, so go and make him proud and keep the momentum going’!

Spencer concluded: “The outpouring following Stu’s death from fire and rescue services and colleagues across the country was overwhelming, and showed what a popular and inspirational individual he was - far beyond just the fire service he worked for.  He made his mark, genuinely cared for people and stood up for what he believed.” 

Thank you in advance for your support and generous donation.

About the charity

The Fire Fighters Charity offers specialist lifelong health & wellbeing support for the UK fire & rescue community, empowering individuals and families to achieve mental, physical and social wellbeing throughout their lives. This includes serving and retired firefighters, control and support teams.

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