Sidmouth firefighters raise thousands for charity

PUBLISHED: 16:27 11 June 2009 | UPDATED: 09:22 18 June 2010

FIREFIGHTERS from Sidmouth raised a staggering £20,000 for charity by organising a cycle event. The group of eight, which includes six firefighters from Sidmouth, arranged the fifth annual Dartmoor Cycle Challenge on Sunday, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

FIREFIGHTERS from Sidmouth raised a staggering £20,000 for charity by organising a cycle event.

The group of eight, which includes six firefighters from Sidmouth, arranged the fifth annual Dartmoor Cycle Challenge on Sunday, in aid of Cancer Research UK.

The Sidmouth organisers included Jon Miller, Chris Hunt, Rowan Belasalle, Tim Slade, Paul West and Ian Robson.

In total 308 cyclists took part in the event and the amount raised was a fantastic achievement for the organisers.

Jon, the event co-ordinator, said: "It went brilliantly well. The weather held off for us and it was inspiring to see people who don't usually cycle making so much effort, and to raise money for a good cause."

The firefighters originally hoped to raise £25,000 when they first formed in 2005, after the death of a fellow cyclist, but now they have far exceeded all expectation by topping the £110,000 mark.

Jon added: "It is fantastic the amount we have raised considering our original target."

Sylvia Arlett, of Cancer Research UK, who helped organise the event, said: "It was an excellent effort from the cyclists and the firefighters alike. They worked very hard all day, especially considering the distances involved.

"We are delighted that we were able to assist the team in raising so much money for such a worthy cause."

The team are intending to run the event again next year.

To make a donation visit www.firefightingcancer.co.uk or by post to 'Firefighters Fighting Cancer', Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, Service HQ, Clyst St George, Exeter. EX3 0NW. Cheques should be made payable to 'Cancer Research UK'.

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