Best feet forward on a fundraising walk

The firefighters' fundraising total currently stands at around �4,500

The firefighters' fundraising total currently stands at around �4,500

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EASTBOURNE firefighters raised £4,500 during a charity walk in memory of the nephew of the crew manager, who died aged just 24.

The 100-mile walk raised funds for Cardiac Risk In The Young and the Fire Fighters Charity.

The Red Watch walkers had mapped out a daily walk, ranging from between 23 to 32 miles each day, and bedded down for the night at youth hostels and Lewes Community Fire Station.

Their hard work paid off as they managed to raise a running total of around £4,500, which includes money raised from previous superstore collections and a charity quiz night.

CRY is close to the heart of crew manager Sean Wright, from Eastbourne Community Fire Station, due to the sudden death of his nephew Luke, back in 2008.

Sean said he would like to thank members of the Eastbourne community for their strong support and Eurovans which donated the invaluable use of a minibus enabling individual firefighters to take it in turns to pick up the team and transport them to overnight accommodation, as well as offering checkpoints where they could refuel with food and refreshments.

The fundraising started at Asda back in April followed by a quiz night at the District General Hospital social club, as well as Tesco in Lottbridge Drove in April.

Sean said, “It was brilliant and the fundraising walk went extremely well.

“It was a difficult challenge and quite a grind, with 30 mile walks on two of the days.

“We finished on Saturday at about 3.30pm and then went back to work Sunday morning.

“Everyone’s support is hugely appreciated and this money will be used by this national charity to save young lives and support those affected.”

For further information on CRY, log on to to www.c-r-y.org.uk

And to donate money, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/redwatch4cry