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Airport firefighters cycle for charity

Firefighters from Doncaster Sheffield Airport will cycle from Morecambe Bay to Scarborough to raise money for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

Sixteen cyclists will tackle the gruelling Coast to Coast (C2C) challenge, accompanied by 2 support drivers.  They are due to leave Morecambe Bay on 9th September.  Once across the Yorkshire Dales, peaking at 337m above sea level, they’ll overnight in Masham.  Day 2 will be across the North Yorkshire Moors, finishing in Scarborough for a celebratory portion of fish and chips – a fitting reward after cycling 143 miles (230km).

The airport is home to the northern headquarters of The Children’s Air Ambulance.  However, money raised from the C2C cycle will go towards funding a new Helipad on the roof of the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.  This will allow children to receive the urgent care they need much quicker.

Brian Mills, Duty Station Manager for Red Watch, said: “We can’t wait to take on the Coast to Coast challenge for a charity which means so much to us as at the airport, and on a personal level to several of the fire fighters taking part.  Good levels of fitness are essential for firefighters; however we are not underestimating the challenge ahead and have all been putting in extra time in the saddle to prepare.”

Last year, the team raised £2,150, and hope to raise even more this year.

If you want to help them, visit their JustGiving page.

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Mary Vickers moved to North East Lincolnshire in 2010, from the Wiltshire/Hampshire border, to become Urban and Industrial Chaplain NELincs. Made redundant in 2017, she's maintained many of her connections within the business, faith, and other local communities. She's also decided to stay here rather than return to either the south or her husband's native Yorkshire, so that she can continue to enjoy and help promote the positives of NELincs.

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