Calendar helps raise money in memory of Wiltshire firefighter

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Miles Abel, who died earlier this year


A CALENDAR is helping raise money in memory of Wiltshire firefighter Miles Abel, to help others suffering mental health problems.

Miles, who suffered severe anxiety, died in January. Since his death his wife Di, family and friends, have been raising money for mental health charity Mind.

Miles, 48, was born in Salisbury and worked for Tintometer after leaving school.

He was also a retained firefighter for nearly 18 years at Salisbury Fire Station and in January 2004 became a full-time firefighter at Porton Down Camp Fire Station.

The calendars have been made by his firefighter colleagues and friends at Porton and have already raising more than £300. They are being sold at £5.

As part of fundraising efforts a quiz is being held on January 20 at Salisbury Rugby Club. Tickets, which will be going on sale soon, are priced at £5. There will be a raffle of prizes donated by local businesses and a raffle to win a photo shoot. Tickets are £5.

Anybody interested in buying a calendar or tickets for the quiz or raffle can contact Di Abel on diabel507@aol.com

Businesses which would like to donate raffle prizes are also asked to get in touch with Di.

She wrote on her JustGiving page – which has raised £5,700 for Mind so far – “Miles took his life on 14th January 2016 after suffering with severe anxiety.  In his memory I would like to raise money to enable sufferers to have instant access to professional counselling at a time they need it , so they don’t have to wait for weeks to get appointments.

“I personally do not believe that the antidepressants he was given helped but I do believe that time spent with someone who understands would have changed the outcome for us.”

Donations can be made at justgiving.com/Diana-Abel

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