Hailsham joins firefighters’ bid to pull in the £s

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HAILSHAM firefighters and local business people are set to flex their muscles by pulling a 13-tonne fire engine to raise money for Children in Need on Friday (November 18).

Starting from the top of Hailsham High Street, various teams including crews from Hailsham Fire Station and staff from D&G Bakers, Tesco and Wickes DIY will pull the fire engine more than 500 feet up the road - finishing at the Vicarage Field traffic lights - in a bid to get as much money as possible for the BBC’s annual appeal.

It is hoped that teams from local schools, doctors’ surgeries and other town businesses will also take part.

The fire engine weighs a mighty 13 tonnes, roughly the same weight as three fully grown African elephants or £1.3 million in pound coins.

It is anticipated that more than 100 people from approximately 20 different teams will be taking part in the fundraising event.

This is one of many activities taking place across the Wealden district to raise crucial Pudsey pennies and organisers of the fire engine pull are hoping to raise at least £2,000 for Children In Need.

Hailsham Mayor Councillor Jeff Bentley-Astor, who will be there to cheer on the teams, said, “The fire-engine pull is a great idea and I am happy to support the event organisers in their wonderful efforts to raise money for Children in Need.

“Pulling a fire engine for this distance is no mean feat and will be hard work for everyone involved, but team members are determined to test themselves and get as much money as possible for this worthy cause.

“Help and support is needed from Hailsham residents, so I hope people come along, support the teams and donate money in collection buckets along the route.”

Hailsham fire crew manager Simon Peel said, “Each team will be timed and scores will be placed on a board similar to the ‘Fastest Lap’ off Top Gear.”

“Special thanks in advance must be made to the Town Mayor for his support and Marlow Ropes for supplying the rope!”