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11.04.14 - We’re back from the Jungle…
…and yes we did it!
Trekking through 90 km of jungle terrain through Vietnam was probably one of the hardest, exhilerating, fun, yet humbling experiences of Steve’s life.
Did you see us in the Lichfield Mercury? If not take a look here.
Currently Team SRC have raised almost £7,000 just £3,000 of their ambitious £10,000 target. Even after days of trekking the jungle and feet hobbits would disown (if you don’t believe us check the pictures out!) , Steve is throwing a ‘celebratory’ charity night at Virgin Active in Shenstone featuring the popular music act Middle Eight, who have also donated their time to the cause at ‘cost’.
So if you fancy a boogie and a good time for charity rather than trekking the jungle just email us
31.03.14 - And we’re off!
Yes, that moment we’ve been both dreading and excitedly waiting for has arrived.
Team SRC, also known as Steve Collins and Shane Willmoth flew off to Veitnam on Sunday 30th March ready for the trek of their lifetime.
Steve, a fairly inexperienced trekker, kicked off his fundraising journey for the charity late September in 2013 with a couple of runs and ‘warm up’ gym sessions at Virgin Active in Shenstone. In just under six months he is now running five miles in thirty minutes and has managed to lose almost three stone in the process as part of his own personal fitness goal.
Steve Collins, a Lichfield resident and business man says of his challenge:
“When I first signed up for the challenge in September, I didn’t quite realise how tough it would be. I knew I wanted to get involved with Help for Heroes and ambitiously decided on the Vietnam Jungle trek.
“After receiving the information pack, I soon realised how difficult it was going to be and managed to convince a client and now friend to do it with me. After months of personal training, a complete change of eating habits and no mince pies over the Christmas period I think I’m finally fit enough to get through it.”
Steve, an altruistic soul will start the challenge on Tuesday 1st April in Hoa Binh province at Tan Lac, where he will trek along the beautiful valley to Ngo Luong. The ten day trek will see Steve and his team partner Shane Willmoth walk 90km through Ban Hin, Ban Kho Muong, the original Ho Chi Minh Trail and finish off at through Pu Luong Nature Reserve to Ma River in Hanoi.
Currently Team SRC as Steve and Shane are known have already raised a staggering £6,257 with more activities to come to reach that lofty £10,000 target. Steve, now a regular gym goer due to the trek has also organised a charity night at Virgin Active in Shenstone featuring the popular music act Middle Eight, who have also donated their time to the cause at ‘cost’.
25.03.14 - Just under a week to go!
Yes, it’s come around quickly!
Team SRC jet off to the Vietnam Jungle this weekend (29 March) to take on the treacherous jungle to raise funds for Help for Heroes.
Both Steve Collins and trekking partner Shane Willmoth are now fighting fit after months of hard work, dedication, blood, sweat and tears but are still concerned at the challenge that lies ahead.
The Midlands based fire safety and prevention business has pledged to raise (with trekking partner) a whopping £10,000 for the soldiers’ charity and has also decided to throw an after party to continue their charity drive.
Show your support by sponsoring us before the Trek or come along to our Charity Night in May.
04.12.13 - Festive Fundraiser raises over £600 for Help for Heroes
Team SRC are well underway with their charitable efforts for Help for Heroes as they raised over £600 in one night.
SRC Fire expert Steve Collins alongside his teammate Shane Willmoth, Chairman of the Civilian Committee of 2204 Squadron ATC, Amersham
& Chesham arranged a fund raising evening at the Christmas in Chesham event on Friday 29th November 2013.
Alongside Team SRC, CO Geoff Bowles of the 2204 Sqaudron manned a ‘pop up’ tent and successfully raised £620 towards their ambitious £10,000.
Well done team SRC although the fundraising doesn’t stop there – keep your eyes peeled for more fun events to raise money for Help for Heroes in the new year.
If you would like to directly sponsor Team SRC, please do so by clicking here
14.11.13 - Fire Safety – it pays to be safe
Fire prevention is currently a hot topic in the UK with Fire Services urging the public to be on guard with possible fire hazards during their planned strikes.
SRC can only reiterate the message that Fire prevention, especially in the work place and sleeping accommodation is key to preventing potentially hazardous fires.
Throughout the winter Fire Safety should be on everyone’s minds, not just the Fire Service and professionals like ourselves as everyone cranks up the heat, uses additional heating such as calor gas fires and electric fan heaters and therefore increasing the risk of fire.
The biggest aid in Fire prevention is the use and installation of working smoke detectors.
Smoke detectors are recommended to be replaced every 10 years due to reliability and False alarm management (Both of which are British Standard Compliance issues).
Below is a statement straight from the biggest supplier of smoke detectors’ website
Recommended Working Life of Apollo Detectors
Detectors manufactured by Apollo have a recommended working life of 10 years when used in dry, non-corrosive atmospheres and provided that they are regularly inspected, tested, cleaned and recalibrated as outlined in these pages. This period has been assessed on the basis of information provided by component suppliers and on twenty years’ experience of servicing these products.
Most Apollo detectors will continue to operate within specification after 10 years’ service, however, gradual deterioration of integrity and reliability should be allowed for.
In the interests of safety and the avoidance of unwanted alarms, Apollo recommends the routine replacement of detectors after 10 years’ service.
We have a fantastic offer on detector replacements valid until 1st January 2014;
Apollo S60 or S65 detectors £32.50 each
Apollo XP95 detectors £42.50 each
There are other manufacturers in the market place, there are similar offers on most.
The offer is based on a minimum of 75 detectors + per site (Like for like replacements only). The price includes all labour and travel. There is a 50% deposit required on all orders then balance to be paid 30days month end.
All prices Exclude VAT.
To take advantage of this winter offer, please contact us
08.11.13 - Team SRC – Help for Heroes Monthly Check-in
One Month in, 1st 6lbs lost and 4 inches off the waist and Steve’s first spin class in 3.5 years.
Team SRC’s somewhat ambitious Jungle Trek for Help for Heroes is just months away and that 90km adventure and £10,000 fundraising goal is very much in the forefront of both Steve and Shane’s minds.
Pu Luong Nature Reserve through to Ban Hang Village on old disused, unpaved French roads – the original Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Ensuring Steve puts as much effort and determination to this personal goal as he does keeping up to date with Fire and Safety Systems management he has even given up the odd pint admitting ordering a blackcurrant cordial at the pub last Saturday watching the first game for England in Rugby Union Autumn Internationals. That’s dedication.
If you would like to help Steve and Shane reach their lofty goal of raising £10,000 for Help for Heroes then donate here.
01.11.13 - Help for Heroes Jungle Challenge
Detox diets, running shoes, hiking boots and the gym are the buzz words of the week for Team SRC at the minute.
Fire and Safety System Specialist Steve Collins alongside Waterside Community Association’s Shane Willmouth are preparing for the biggest challenge of their lives; a Vietnamese Jungle Trek to raise funds for Help For Heroes.
The fundraising mission goes beyond their respect for the Help for Heroes charity as both Steve and Shane admit the Trek will push their physical and mental abilities boundaries.
Admitting the trek is somewhat ambitious, both Steve and Shane have been working hard, hitting the gym daily and missing out on the usual Friday night curries to get them both in peak condition for their trek next year.
If you would like to help Steve and Shane reach their lofty goal of raising £10,000 for Help for Heroes then donate here http://www.bmycharity.com/srcfire
06.12.12 - SRC Fire Safety Launches New Website
SRC Fire Safety have been working with Lightbox Creative Studio to develop our new Content Management Website. The website Communicates the areas that we cover including Birmingham and London and also offers an overview of the services that we offer:
- Fire Alarm Systems installation & maintenance
- Emergency Lighting installation & maintenance
- Access Control Systems
- Fire Extinguishers
We will be updating the website with case studies, client testimonials and useful fire safety tips. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Click the following links and follow us: