Hailsham: Firefighters help pull in the crowds

Hailsham fire engine pull
Hailsham fire engine pull

FIREFIGHTERS and shop workers pulled together to raise money for Children In Need – hauling a 13-tonne fire truck down Hailsham High Street.

Around 20 teams took part in the fun event on Friday, with each having to drag the massive machine 500 feet.

As well as the crew from Hailsham Fire Station there were entries from staff at D&G Bakers, Tesco, Waitrose, Thomson Travel Agents and Wickes DIY.

The Hailsham Young Farmers stole the show with the best time of the evening, completing the course in just 45.85 seconds. A total of £2,240 was raised.

Hailsham Mayor Councillor Jeff Bentley-Astor, who was there to cheer on the teams, was pleased with everyone’s efforts and thanked organisers, businesses and members of the public who donated money to charity on the day.

He said, “This is one of the best fundraising event I have ever attended, not only in terms the amount of money raised, but also in the number of local people being involved with and supporting the event.

“I would like to thank Steve Lewis, Dave Hayes and Simon Peel for so ably organising this important and exciting fundraising event, and all the participants for making the event such a success.”

Hailsham Firefghter manager Simon Peel added, “We had a really good time on Friday evening and to see so many people turn out to show their support for the friends and family who were taking part was fantastic.

“Everybody who participated seemed to enjoy themselves and have shown an interest for a rematch next year.

“We weren’t really sure how successful this type of event would be but the community spirit really seemed to kick in.”

“We’d also like to give special thanks to Hailsham Top Club for raising a massive £666 and to Tesco, Wickes DIY, Look Designs and Marlow Ropes for supplying all that we needed to make it a successful and enjoyable evening.”