Fire­men go­ing the ex­tra mile for char­ity

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - NEWS - BY DAVID PROCTOR

A team of fire­men are giv­ing their feet some much-needed rest af­ter com­plet­ing a chal­leng­ing fundrais­ing walk.

Six crew from Peter­head donned their full uni­form and trekked 75 miles from the Buchan town to Dyce and back this week.

It was part of ef­forts to raise £5,000 to help the Fire Fight­ers Char­ity mark its 75th an­niver­sary.

And af­ter com­plet­ing the hike they have smashed their tar­get, with al­most £7,000 be­ing do­nated.

The trek took place on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day and the route took the six mem­bers of Red Watch along the now

“Some of the guys have been left with a few blis­ters”

aban­doned Banff and Buchan rail­way line to the fire sta­tion in Dyce.

Af­ter an overnight stay at the Pitmed­den Road base, the fire­fight­ers walked back to their own sta­tion on Prunier Drive, Peter­head. Their jour­ney took about 15 hours each way.

Watch man­ager Rob­bie Stur­rock led the hike along the old rail­way and said it was quite a chal­leng­ing venture given they were wear­ing their hel­mets, tu­nic, leg­gings and boots.

Mr Stur­rock, who has been a fire­fighter for 26 years, said the en­deav­our had been a lot tougher than any of them had ex­pected.

He said: “It was a lot of hard work.

“We knew it was go­ing to be chal­leng­ing, but we re­ally un­der­es­ti­mated how hard it would be.

“Some of the guys have been left with a few blis­ters.

“The en­tire team put in a lot of ef­fort and that was im­por­tant be­cause it was all about the team and not in­di­vid­u­als.”

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