Firemen brighten up Amber-Rose’s Xmas

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AN army of firefighters are spending their free time bringing Christmas cheer to a sick little girl by landscaping her garden.

The group of 10 started on Wednesday fitting out the back garden in Athelstan Road so three-year-old Amber-Rose Sims can play outside.

The toddler suffers from a rare condition called central sleep apnea, which means her brain stops sending signals for her to breathe.

Amber-Rose relies on oxygen when she is in bed, and requires oxygen tanks to be carried when she leaves the family home.

She also suffers from seizures which are currently being investigated as these are not related to epilepsy.

The toddler also has very lax ligaments and low muscle tone so it is a struggle for her to move around, and she is unable to speak. Firefighters are using materials sourced by the newly-formed Charity for Kids, set up by Paul Harris and Carl Denne, following donations by generous businesses.

Mr Harris and Mr Denne, owner of Hastings Kickboxing Academy, set up Charity for Kids in August so they could raise money for specialist equipment for sick children.

They are also currently trying to raise £5,000 so their organisation can become a registered charity.

The crew from Bohemia Road Fire Station hope to fit out Amber-Rose’s garden in time for Christmas.

They are also running in the Christmas Pudding Dash, in Ashburnham, tomorrow (Saturday). Firefighters will be putting their best foot forward in fancy dress and carrying a telephone pole for the five-mile cross country race to raise money for Charity for Kids.