Fire fighters receive £1,000 for France trip

Sandy fire fighters receive a cheque worth �1,000 from Persimmon Homes
Sandy fire fighters receive a cheque worth �1,000 from Persimmon Homes

Fire fighters who are embarking on a 400-mile cycle ride from Sandy to France have received a £1,000 boost.

Eight fire fighters and eight friends will pedal from Sandy to Malaunay, setting off on October 28, to raise cash for St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger and The Fire Fighters Charity.

And their efforts have been recognised by Persimmon Homes East Midlands, which has added £1,000 to the cause.

The donation from the region’s leading house builder comes as part of its Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 being given to local groups and charities over the next 12 months.

Fire fighter Simon Ford said: “We are extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes East Midlands for this generous donation.

“Two firefighters from Sandy Fire Station lost their wives to cancer recently and it has had a massive impact on their families and also the fire service family as a whole.

“We decided to raise as much as we could to support the charities that have supported us at this sad time.

“None of us are cyclists but we are just very passionate about trying to succeed in hitting our target of £10,000.

“This gift from Persimmon takes us over the £5,000 mark, which is truly fantastic.”

Simon McDonald, deputy managing director at Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across every city, town and village where the company works.

He said: “We’re very proud to be supporting these fire fighters in their challenge.

“We were very impressed to hear what they are doing – and for such a great cause.”