Firefighters raise charity cash in mate’s memory

The group who took part

The group who took part

First published in News

FIREFIGHTERS ran, rowed and cycled for more than 1,600 miles to complete a 24-hour challenge in memory of a former colleague.

From 10am last Saturday to 10am on Sunday, a team from Bicester Fire Station ‘travelled’ 1,619 miles to raise money for the Sobell House hospice charity in Headington, Oxford.

They used static bikes, a rowing machine and other exercise equipment to cover the distance.

Their challenge took place in Sheep Street, outside HSBC bank, and so far they have raised more than £2,000.

The group chose to support the hospice after it provided end-of-life care for Bicester firefighter Terry Hankins.

Mr Hankins, 61, died at Sobell House in April after a four-month fight with pancreatic cancer.

He served at Bicester Fire Station for 22 years until he retired in 2003.

Friends and colleagues from Kidlington Fire Station also took part.

Pete Mackay, a firefighter from Oxfordshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service at Bicester, who took part in the event, said: “Cancer is something that affects all of us.

“The loss of our colleague Terry spurred on the station to try to do something different to raise money for the hospice.

“We are really grateful to all the public and friends who supported us – it’s been hard work and fun with highs and lows, but we are extremely pleased with the result.

“The challenge was hard work and from about 5am on Sunday there was torrential rain.

“We have raised about £2,000 so far, but we would love to raise more.”

To make a donation, visit uk.virginmoney giving.com/team/07Bicester2014Challenge

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

Funnyman Fry serves up a bit of self-awareness

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 31st October 2014

NATIONAL treasure Stephen Fry met fans in the Bodleian Library for a “hackathon”.

‘Lonely hearts club scam cost me £631’

Oxford Mail:

8:40am Friday 31st October 2014

A MAN left with a £631 phone bill after a relationship with a woman he met on a dating website is warning others to be wary.

Urban dancers prove they can move to the groove

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 31st October 2014

DANCE group Body Politic took Oxford’s Pegasus Theatre by storm as it rolled into town as part of its UK tour.

Mum of drugs death teenager in plea to MPs for law review

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Friday 31st October 2014

A MOTHER who lost her 15-year-old daughter after she took Ecstasy urged MPs to review drug laws yesterday.

£10m community cash for West Way upgrade

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Friday 31st October 2014

DEVELOPERS behind the planned Botley regeneration have revealed they will fund £10m towards community benefits if the controversial scheme goes ahead.

Height row flats' tree screening plan blasted

Oxford Mail:

7:00am Friday 31st October 2014

UNIVERSITY bosses have put forward plans to screen a student flats development by Port Meadow with trees but ruled out reducing its height.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree