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Cycle challenge for West Sussex fire chief

Chief Fire Officer Sean Ruth and his Deputy Lee Neale with Sue Pointon from Ballyclare and representatives from the Fire Fighters Charity. SUS-140729-134310001

Chief Fire Officer Sean Ruth and his Deputy Lee Neale with Sue Pointon from Ballyclare and representatives from the Fire Fighters Charity. SUS-140729-134310001

THE chief fire officer in West Sussex cycled to each fire station in the county in just 48 hours for charity.

Sean Ruth managed to raise more than £3,000 for the Firefighters Charity and Operation Florian.

“The Firefighters Charity helps firefighters and their families when they are going though tough times and trying to get back to fitness,” he said. “It’s a fantastic charity.”

“Operation Florian supports countries which do not have a fire service themselves.

“These two charities provide an invaluable source of support to the men and women who risk their lives to protect the public, both at home and abroad. “Neither charity receive any government funding so reliy entirely on the generosity of the public and the fire and rescue community to be able to continue their work.

“I’ve set myself a very challenging sponsorship target so I am really hoping communities in West Sussex will get behind it.

“I am determined to raise as much money as I can for these two fantastic charities.”

His deputy, Lee Neale, joined him on the trip, and said: “It was hard. We had really great support from other fire stations.

“It is all money for some really worthy causes.”

The pair began at Midhurst on Thursday, July 17, and finished at Chichester, taking in all 25 of the county’s fire stations.

They completed the challenge on Friday, July 18, and arrived at Chichester fire station in the afternoon.

The pair were met by fellow firefighters and a representative from the Firefighters Charity. Sue Pointon, from Ballyclare Limited, was also there to greet the pair, as the company had given the biggest donation at £1,000. The firm supplies the firefighters’ kit.

Sean will also be auctioning his racing bike, worth £500, which was donated by Worthing based Equiniti, in the hope of raising more cash.

In total, Sean hopes to raise a total of £5,000 to split between the two charities.

“Every donation counts, no matter how big or how small,” he said. “Every £50 we raise means a day’s recuperation for an injured firefighter and their family at one of the Firefighters Charity centres, or helps fund a project to provide firefighters with life-saving kit and equipment in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

If you would like to help him get closer to the target, you can donate by visiting uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/seansteam

 

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