Firefighters raise thousands with a six-hour walk

(l-r) Kev Walton, Brett Baker, Paul Wilkinson, Simon Miles, Glen Cavanagh, Duncan Warwood, Phil Lamb, Craig Saddler and James Tallack. ''Firefighters from Waterlooville set off from Horndean fire station to complete a 13 mile charity walk in full breathing kit, whilst carrying a full scale human dummy on a stretcher. The money raised will go to the firefighters charity and Football for Cancer.'''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150630-787)

(l-r) Kev Walton, Brett Baker, Paul Wilkinson, Simon Miles, Glen Cavanagh, Duncan Warwood, Phil Lamb, Craig Saddler and James Tallack. ''Firefighters from Waterlooville set off from Horndean fire station to complete a 13 mile charity walk in full breathing kit, whilst carrying a full scale human dummy on a stretcher. The money raised will go to the firefighters charity and Football for Cancer.'''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150630-787)

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A group of firefighters completed their biggest challenge yet by walking for six hours – a total of 30,500 steps.

Crews from Horndean, Havant, Cosham and Waterlooville raised £8,500 in their latest charity event.

Leaving Horndean fire station on Blendworth Lane, 12 firefighters began the 13-mile walk to Gunwharf Quays in full rescue kit while carrying a dummy casualty on a stretcher between them.

They all suffered from aching feet, fatigue and cramp having each carried a 30kg backpack along the way.

The money raised will be split between two charities. They are the Fire Fighters Charity and Football For Cancer, who both had representatives taking part in the event.

Waterlooville watch manager Craig Sadler led the walk.

The 42-year-old says: ‘We needed to keep rotating the people carrying the stretcher just to make sure we didn’t have anyone getting hurt.

‘Everyone finished and they all had smiles on their faces, which is fantastic from my point of view.’

The fire service had already raised £2,000 before they even started the walk with Barclays Bank in Havant agreeing to price-match every £1,000 raised.

An extra £2,500 was collected on the route, meaning the bank donated £4,000, giving both charities just over £4,200 each.

Craig adds: ‘People have always come out to support us, but to get people coming out of shops and pulling over on the side of the road is so unexpected.

‘We’ve had support from Barclays, Tesco, Asda and numerous other businesses in the area and we’ve also had brethren from Plymouth come along – it has been a little overwhelming.

‘There was great appreciation shown by crowds on both Cosham High Street and in Gunwharf Quays, where the team were met with applause and cheers.’

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