THEY are a big-hearted brother and sister described as ‘young role models’ by firefighters.
And it’s hardly surprising Ethan and Erin Morris are getting so much praise.
The youngsters have come up with the idea of doing a sponsored cycle ride to raise cash to help families affected by the Shirley Towers blaze in Southampton last year, which claimed the lives of Hampshire firefighters Alan Bannon and James Shears.
Erin, nine, and Ethan, seven, live in Park Way, Havant, across the road from the town’s fire station and were heartbroken when they found out the fire service had lost two of its men.
So they decided to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity by doing a 10-mile cycle ride between fire stations.
Their journey will begin at Emsworth fire station, then to Havant, then to Cosham, and finally back to Havant.
The ride takes place on August 6 and to prepare they have been riding their bikes round the block dozens of times.
Erin said: ‘Firefighters play a big part in the community and they help a lot of people.
‘This is for the firefighters who died – we were really upset about it.’
Erin’s dad Ian Morris said: ‘I am very proud of them.’
Perry Dodgson, a firefighter at Havant, added: ‘I think it’s lovely they have come up with the idea themselves.
‘For me it’s about two kids being inspired to help a charity. They are young role models in a way.
‘Ethan is only a little fella so for him to cycle 10 miles will be quite an achievement.’
Several firefighters will be joining them on the day – running or cycling – and they will have a collection bucket.