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Firefighters set to get on their bikes for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:16 19 February 2018

Wrentham Fire Station in North Suffolk.

Picture: James Bass

Wrentham Fire Station in North Suffolk. Picture: James Bass

Firefighters are set to saddle up and raise funds for a worthy cause as they prepare for a charity bike ride.

Firefighters from Wrentham damping down and checking for hotspots after a thatched house blaze in Chediston last year. Picture: MICK HOWES Firefighters from Wrentham damping down and checking for hotspots after a thatched house blaze in Chediston last year. Picture: MICK HOWES

Six firefighters from Wrentham Fire Station will be embarking on a five-day charity cycle ride later this year, travelling almost 400 miles across the country.

The charity cycle ride, from Wales to Lowestoft, will begin on Monday, June 18. Firefighters Aaron English, Steve Howard, Richard Lark, Shane Sillett, James Supple and Richard Supple will cycle from Llangefni in Wales and arrive at south Lowestoft fire station on Friday, June 22.

Named the ‘Wrentham Fire Ride’, the Wrentham crew will cycle 381-miles from the west of the country to the UK’s most easterly town in order to “give something back” and raise money and awareness for two important charities – The Fire Fighters Charity and Mind.

In between working and fire service duties, the group have been “busy training and getting ready” for the challenge.

James Supple, crew commander at Wrentham Fire Station, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, other fire stations across the UK who will be providing assistance and to our sponsors without whom the ride would not be possible.

“We hope to raise £2,000 for our charities and we are extremely grateful to anyone who is able to donate even a small amount.”

On the final day of the challenge, Friday, June 22, the crew will visit the Suffolk County Council offices at Endeavour House in Ipswich to meet Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service colleagues, before cycling the remaining distance to Lowestoft.

The Wrentham Fire Ride is sponsored by Pedal Power, Morrisons Beccles, Kingsley Healthcare, Southwold Golf Club and Greater Gabbard Offshore Winds Ltd. Any organisations wishing to offer support to the challenge are asked to contact hello@wrenthamfireride.com.

To donate to the Wrentham Fire Ride, or to find out more details visit www.wrenthamfireride.com

Are you holding a charity event or raising funds for a worthy cause? Tell The Journal by calling reporters on 01502 525820 or alternatively you can email your pictures and report to mark.boggis@archant.co.uk

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