Fitness event in memory of firefighter Rob

A fitness event is being held in memory of an heroic firefighter who died from leukaemia.

Rob Wright, a Blue Watch firefighter from Wallsend, died in October 2012 from acute myeloid leukaemia, just weeks after the birth of his twin boys.

Now his friends Laura Watson and Deborah Nolan are organising The Fitness Event 2014 in his memory.

The event – on Sunday, February 2 – is raising money for Bright Red, the Anthony Nolan Trust and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

It will take place from 9.30am to 4pm at the Gosforth Academy, Great North Road, Gosforth, Newcastle. There is no entry fee, just donations on the day, plus a raffle, cupcakes, and sports massages.

Activities include metafit, body combat, body attack, zumba party and more.

Sarah Squires, events co-ordinator at the Anthony Nolan Trust, said: “Rob touched so many people during his life and continues to inspire people to take on challenges in his memory.

“This incredibly fundraising will help us to give people with blood cancers the best chance of survival.”

For more information contact the team via Twitter @doingitforrob or email

Bright Red - Ashley Elliott, charity manager at Bright Red, said: “Rob was diagnosed with an acute form of blood cancer and very sadly lost his battle with the disease after receiving a bone marrow transplant.

“Rob was a very popular patient at the Freeman Hospital and he showed lots of courage and determination throughout his treatment. It’s a testament to his character to see so many positive things happening in his memory.

“Events like the Fitness Event 2014 are vital for so many reasons.

“Not only will it raise important funds for all the charities involved, but it also raises awareness of these diseases and encourages people to sign up to the bone marrow donation register, whilst helping people get fit in the process.

“It’s a wonderful idea and we’re honoured to be a part of it.”