Comedian Lee Ridley AKA “Lost Voice Guy”, winner of the Britain’s Got Talent 2018 final, will be performing at Rescue Day on Saturday 7th July at 7 Lakes Country Park, Crowle near Scunthorpe, North Lincs.
Lee will be kindly supporting HFR Solutions and Humberside Fire & Rescue Service who are undertaking a ladder climb challenge to raise money for “Emma’s Wish” a charity working to raise money to fund an operation for two year old Hull girl, Emma Smyth.
Emma’s dad Jon, who is a serving fire fighter with Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, is attempting to summit Mont Blanc in September and will be running the Copenhagen Ironman in August to raise money for Emma. Both of these events are sponsored aiming to raise funds towards the total of £40,000 which is needed for an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy, which sadly isn’t funded by the NHS, to help Emma who suffers from cerebral palsy to be able to walk. Emma’s parents have set up a charity called “Emma’s Wish” to raise the funds required.
HFR Solutions CIC have chosen “Emma’s Wish” as their charity of the year, and along with colleagues from Humberside Fire & Rescue Service they will be performing a ladder climb challenge to raise awareness and funds for the charity at this year’s Rescue Day in July. Teams of fire fighters will be performing ladder climbs on a tower scaling up and down to the equivalent of 4,810 meters, which is the height of Mont Blanc.
The comedian Lee Ridley, who performs under the name “Lost Voice Guy” may not be able to talk but he definitely has something to say and his comedy will leave you speechless. He is the first stand up comedian to use a communication aid and Lee himself has cerebral palsy. He took the recent ITV series of Britain’s Got Talent by storm and was crowned 2018 winner in the series final. At 12:00 on Rescue Day Lee will be performing some of his fantastic stand up comedy and will be available for photos and autographs too at various points during the day.
Jon Smyth said: “Emma is my two years old daughter and was born nine weeks premature. As a result, Emma has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which mainly affects her ability to walk due to the extremely tight spasticity in her legs. She has stretches and exercises to do 3 times a day and intensive physiotherapy every 4 weeks. Emma is an amazing little girl and a real character who has been through a lot in her life already. She loves swimming and pretty much anything will make her laugh. She’s a strong little lady and just wants to be able to walk on her own.”
The operation Emma requires is available in Leeds and can massively improve her quality of life and ability to walk unaided.
Jon went onto say: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to all the people who have helped get this up and running and thank you to all the people who have already started fund raising. Its amazing to have you all on board. I can’t believe HFS Solutions have got this amazing comedian to support Emma’s Wish at Rescue Day, thank you so much, it’s going to be a great day.”
John Armson, Joint Chair of Rescue Day said: “We are all very excited to have Lee attending this year and thank him very much for giving his time to support Emma’s Wish. We’d also like to thank Brand Energy and Infrastructure Services who are making the ladder climb challenge possible by building the tower that the teams will be using on the day.”
999 and rescue teams from across the region are set to descend on 7 Lakes for the annual Rescue Day event. The day, which first started in 2008, showcases the excellent work that our emergency teams do and allows for the general public to engage with the staff and volunteers who serve and protect us around the clock. It is the biggest of its kind in the country and attracts crowds in the thousands.
It’s a family event and is an action packed mix of live fire, rescue, rail and water displays and involves fire service, police, ambulance, water rescue teams, road and rail agencies and more.
The legendary Red Devils parachute display team are due to make another spectacular entrance to Rescue Day again this year, by performing a parachute landing into the main lake and will be picked up by a flotilla of rescue boat teams.