Sidmouth pair prepare to walk fire station to fire station for charity

Mother and son-in-law Diane Hartnell and Malcom Street are walking 105 miles for two charities close

Mother and son-in-law Diane Hartnell and Malcom Street are walking 105 miles for two charities close to their family's heart. - Credit: Archant

Sidmouth duo to walk 105 miles for charity.

A mother and son-in-law duo are preparing to walk more than 100 miles in five days to raise money for two charities close to their hearts.

Diane Hartnell and Malcom Street have plotted a course to visit fire stations across Devon in aid of the Firefighters Charity and the Roy Castle Lung Foundation.

The pair will set off from Sidmouth Fire Station on Tuesday morning before following the plotted course to other stations in Exmouth, Pincetown, Ashburston, Tavistock, Moretonhampstead and Clyst St George.

The ramblers will be walking up to 22 miles a day across a variety of terrains to repay members of their family who served as firefighters.


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Sidmouth resident Diane said: “We have had a lot of people in the fire service and I want to do right by them.”

“Firefighters are traumatised by certain events and neither relatives talked about any. So we understand how brave these fire fighters are and how much they give up to help others and we would like to repay them by doing our walk.”

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The pair are also supporting the Roy Castle Lung Foundation in memory of Diane’s dad Frank Hodgkins, who died from lung cancer in October 2010.

Diane said: “My father died from and no one prepares you for it even though you know its coming. The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’s mission is “to defeat lung cancer” and is leading the way in research, being a major supplier of information to patients, carers and the NHS, giving “help and hope” to people affected by lung cancer.

Following the start on Tuesday, Diane and Malcom will aim to finish at Exmouth fire station.

On the final day they will walk from Moretonhampstead back to the fire academy near Clyst St George.

Diane said: “We are determined to do it and to complete in the time set. We are training hard for it.”

If you would like to donate to Diane and Malcom’s fundraiser, contact the Herald on 01392 888511.

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