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Speed Marching for Help for Heroes

10th August 2009

Next week five members of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service staff are speed marching, whilst pulling a trailer, from the Cenotaph in London to Parliament Square in York, to raise money for Help for Heroes, the armed services charity.

They are setting off on the 8 day speed march on 17th August; this will see them covering a total of 240 miles, marching an average of 30 miles a day.

Those taking part are Watch Manager Justin Rowe from Malton Fire Station, Watch Manager Pete Schofield from Whitby Fire Station, Station Manager Mark Naylor from Whitby Fire Station, Firefighter Terence Gregg and Firefighter Adrian Riley both from York Fire Station, all of whom have served in the armed forces.

On the 17th August they are attending an official reception at the armed services rehabilitation centre at Headley Court where they will meet injured servicemen and women, and will be presenting a framed plaque from North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service.

They will then set off on the speed march on the 18th August, following the national cycle path network, and staying overnight at fire stations en route.

They return to York on Tuesday 25th August at 2pm where they will be met in Duncombe Place by; North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Chief Fire Officer Nigel Hutchinson alongside crews from York Fire Station, personnel from the 9th/12th Lancers and Royal Yeomanry (with a Scimitar Tank), a piper and soldiers from The Royal Dragoon Guards, members of the Royal British Legion, The Army Recruiting Team and local dignitaries including the Sheriff of York Mrs Jill Burnett and her consort Mr Tony Burnett.

Justin Rowe says: “We would like to thank everyone who has supported us so far, either by giving donations or through providing us with equipment and other items. We have already raised £5,000 but our aim is to raise £10,000 so we’re asking people to keep sponsoring us, and to come along on the 25th August to greet us when we return.”

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