Three Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are cycling 240 miles to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity and Macmillan Cancer Support.
Both of these charities have helped us at some time or another so we really wanted to give something back in some way and show our support for the amazing work they do.
Mitch Stafford, Watch Manager at Uttoxeter and Cannock firefighter, Russ Brown, Watch manager at Cannock and David Clewlow, a Leek firefighter, will be cycling from Uttoxeter to Combe Martin, in Devon, Monday March 26, along with Neil Griffiths from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, for these two causes which are close to their hearts.
The group will start from Uttoxeter Community Fire Station at 6am and ride the 135 miles to Patchway Fire Station in Bristol where they will spend the night. The following morning they will set off through Exmoor with the aim of getting to Combe Martin Fire Station by 4pm on Tuesday March 27.
Mitch said: “Both of these charities have helped us at some time or another so we really wanted to give something back in some way and show our support for the amazing work they do.
“The Fire Fighters Charity was such a help to me when I suffered an injury back in 2015, I will be forever grateful for their support and I hope to raise money for them so they can help others.
“We have had some fantastic support from our community including Uttoxeter Cycles who have donated tyres, wheels and anything we might need if we have any set backs along the way and Tesco in Uttoxeter have kindly given us energy food and drink to keep us going. Their help will surely help us along this difficult challenge.”
Russ added: “So many people have been directly affected by cancer, including each one of us. My dad has received chemotherapy and is now embarking on radiotherapy treatment for lung cancer with the help of Macmillan Cancer support.
“We really want to raise as much money as possible, which is why we are attempting such a mammoth task, to cycle 240 miles, which none of us have ever attempted in a week let alone two days. So it’s going to be a tough a journey, which might finish one or two of us off, but it will be a very exciting challenge for us all.
“We have already received some really generous donations, not just money but equipment to help us on the journey including helmets and eye protectors from Uvex Safety UK, but would appreciate anything that others can give to these two amazing charities.”
To donate to the trios fundraising page visit: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/RussellBrown14