On the 16th of October, firefighters from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue Team set off on an epic walk all the way from Lancaster to York.
Named the Walk of the Roses, the firefighters set off from Lancaster Castle on the first day and ended the day in Settle. Then, on the second day, the team walked 35 miles from Settle to Harrogate. On the third day, the walkers began their final leg of the route from Harrogate to York Castle. In total, the team walked a colossal 80 miles over the three days!
The team are raising money for The Fire Fighters’ Charity and Maggies Centre: two worthy charities which have helped their colleagues and families. Both the Preston and Harrogate Rapid Relief Teams were delighted to be able to support the walkers in their extraordinary feat. The teams provided a meal at the end of both the first and second days walking. The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Team tucked in heartily to a much deserved meal of gourmet burgers, salad and all the trimmings to get them set for the next day of walking.
The Fire Fighters’ Charity
Being a member of the UK’s dedicated fire services community can involve significant mental, physical and social challenges. The Fire Fighters’ Charity is the UK’s leading provider of rehabilitation and support services for the fire and rescue community, including serving and retired firefighters, fire service personnel and their dependants.
It costs over £8 million every year to keep the charity running. They are only able to carry on their important work through donations and fundraising activities such as the Walk of the Roses.
The Maggie’s Centre
Maggie’s is a charity offering free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends through support Centres built in the grounds of NHS hospitals.
Maggie’s was founded in 1995 by Maggie Keswick Jencks and her husband Charles Jencks. Maggie lived with advanced cancer for two years and during that time she used her knowledge and experience to develop a new type of cancer care. Maggie was determined that people should not “lose the joy of living in the fear of dying”.
Congratulations to all the walkers and a big thank you to the RRT volunteers who supported this event.