GEARING UP: From left, Paul Ticehurst, Paul Webber, Glenn Bowyer, Janine Dominy, Lee McCumiskey, Andrew Hanley, Colin Chapman (a senior officer from Dorset Fire & Rescue service lending a hand) and Steve Clift.
Firefighters set to pedal more than 870 miles over seven days for charity have been given a WP Group boost to their fundraising feat.
The firefighters, from Bournemouth and Southampton, will be shadowed by a mechanical support vehicle fuelled by WP, the high-quality fuel provider to both Dorset and Hampshire’s fire & rescue services, as they clock up 130 miles a day from Lands End to John O’Groats in mid-July.
WP Group’s sales manager, Melanie Noel, said: “We were only too happy to help out, and wish the firefighters a safe journey as they rack up the miles from the toe of England to the tip of Scotland.”
Event organiser and rider Lee McCumiskey, a firefighter at Westbourne fire station in Bournemouth, said: “WP Group is a well known and reputable fuel provider to the fire & rescue services in Dorset and Hampshire, and we are thrilled that they are assisting us in this mission.”
To date more than £1,250 has already been pledged. Monies will go to the Fire Fighters Charity, which provides a range of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.
A series of fundraisers will be taking place over the next few weeks.
There was a charity car wash at Hamworthy fire station in Poole on May 28th, with another inked in on June 18th at Springbourne fire station in Bournemouth from 10am to 4pm.
The fundraisers culminate with a ladder climb at the Dolphin shopping centre in Poole on July 3rd, when the cyclists climb a ladder 870 times to represent the number of miles they’ll cover on their bikes. That event will also see money raised for Julia’s House, the Dorset children’s hospice.
Taking part in the ride with Lee are two of his Westbourne watch manager colleagues, Paul Ticehurst and Paul Webber, as well as station managers Glenn Bowyer and Howard Watts from the Eastleigh headquarters of Hampshire Fire & Rescue, Poole retained firefighter Steve Clift and Andrew Hanley, from national mapping agency Ordnance Survey in Southampton.
The maintenance support vehicle is being supplied and manned by Ray Clift, Steve’s father, who runs Cycle Paths at the Dolphin Centre Poole. Ray is joined on the support vehicle side by Janine Dominy and Charlie Morgan.
To make a donation please visit www.firecyclechallenge.co.uk, which has a link to the group’s Justgiving page.
To find out more about WP Group, please contact 0800 980 6172 or email .
The WP Group, headquartered near Southampton in Hampshire, is a leading independent distributor of fuels and lubricants, with a £160m annual turnover and employing 70 people.
Based at Wessex House, Cadland Road, Hardley, Hythe, WP offers a complete portfolio of products and bespoke service solutions across each of its eight trading divisions Industrial, Aviation, Agricultural, Heating, Automotive, Commercial, Motorsport and Marine.
WP, located by Fawley Oil Refinery, has a 50-year heritage and is the supplier and support specialist of choice to thousands of businesses.
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