Heave hose! Show of strength as 10-tonne fire truck pulled along

HEAVE! Students from Portsmouth College pull the 10-tonne fire engine along Hayling Island sea front. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131140-450)
HEAVE! Students from Portsmouth College pull the 10-tonne fire engine along Hayling Island sea front. Picture: Allan Hutchings (131140-450)
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A TEAM of fundraisers flexed their muscles and pulled a 10-tonne fire engine for more than a mile.

Firefighters and students clubbed together to help children in Romania.

The Hayling Truck Pull raises money for the Fire Fighters Charity and for Love Light Romania, which helps children suffering with HIV.

Around 30 took part on Saturday morning, including people from Hayling United FC, Portsmouth College and South Downs College, as well as firefighters.

On a sunny and blustery Saturday morning, the team, armed with collection boxes, set out across Hayling seafront from the funfair, up to the Inn on the Beach pub and back again – just over a mile.

A crowd turned out at the start to cheer them on.

Perry Dodgson, watch manager at Emsworth Fire Station and a firefighter at Havant Fire Station, helped organise the event.

He said it’s a good thing to do with people across the local area.

‘It’s great,’ he said. ‘Everyone nowadays has a sense of pride in taking part in community events and for the younger kids they are like role models. It’s a great effort with everyone working together.

‘It’s just under 10 tonnes which is why we need so many to pull it the distance.’

The team also stopped at 11am to pay their respects to Colin Sayers, a former PE teacher at Hayling College whose funeral was on Saturday.

Mr Dodgson added: ‘It was a shame that the event clashed on the same day as the funeral. He was a massive guy in the community when he was an ex-teacher and beyond his teaching years as well.

‘We decided to have a minute’s silence to remember Colin.’

Love Light Romania supports a small sanctuary in a place just outside Transylvania that provides respite care to children suffering HIV and Aids and families who are affected by the virus.

The children from the sanctuary climbed up the mountains three weeks ago to raise money and raise awareness of the charity.

The money raised will go to the daily running of the sanctuary.

For more about the charity, visit lovelightromania.com.