You pull 13 tonnes, and what do you get?

Fire engine pull PNL-150513-131140001
Fire engine pull PNL-150513-131140001

Olympic Bronze Medal winner Sarah Winckless and a number of determined teams pulled a fire engine from Wyboston Lakes to the Cambridgeshire Hunter pub, in St Neots, to raise funds for a good cause.

Six teams took part in pulling the 13-tonne Scania fire engine over the four-mile route on Sunday, May 3, to raise money for the Burns Camp Charity for young burns surviviors.

Fire engine pull teams

Fire engine pull teams

They were helped in their efforts by the Olympic rower who won bronze in the 2004 Games in Athens.

This is the second year Beds Fire and Rescue Service has contributed the fire engine for the pull, together with some firefighters to help with the task.

One of the event’s organisers, David Webster, said: “We were particularly pleased to have Olympian Sarah Winckless taking part this year.

“In all, six teams of 10 took part and helped to raise over £14,000 for the Burns Camps Charity.”

The fire service’s transport and engineering manager, Ray Willett, said: “We are pleased to be able to help support this event by providing our fire engine to be towed.

“These Scania fire engines weigh 13 tonnes fully loaded and it takes a lot of effort to move them like this, so those taking part deserve a very big hand for all their hard work.”

The organisers hope the final sum raised will be much higher than the £14,000 already reached.

If the total reaches £18,000, this means the total raised over the 10 years since the event started will have topped £100,000.

With the help of Mr Webster, Beds Fire and Rescue Service hopes to undertake another fire engine pull in September in Bedford.

The money raised will be split between the Burns Camp Charity and the Fire Fighters Charity.

Details will be announced at a later date.