Firefighters more than halfway in epic challenge

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THREE firefighters have reached the halfway mark of a huge physical challenge to raise awareness of organ donation.

Firefighters Stu Vince and Phil Jackson, of Cosham blue watch, are today due to start their 10th 26-mile run.

Since setting out from Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, the pair have pounded the streets in Hampshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, as they make their way to Penzance.

Once they have finished running, they will then spend a further six days rowing back to Gunwharf Quays.

Phil said: ‘My feet are covered in blisters and running in the hot weather has been tough.

‘But we can’t believe we’re already at the halfway mark.

‘In the end it’s about raising awareness of organ donation, so if we can do that and raise some money along the way then it’s all worth it.’

The firefighters also aim to raise £20,000, which will be split between QA and Southampton General Hospital.

The awareness and fundraising drive comes after Stu donated a kidney to family friend Michael Paxman, 19.

The donation meant Michael was able to stop having dialysis. To follow the journey, or to donate money, visit thebigdonorchallenge.co.uk.