Firefighters stride out for hospice funds

Preparing for the charity walk Stephen Lowe centre with  fellow fire officers Martin Turner (left) and Matt Cornthwaite.
Preparing for the charity walk Stephen Lowe centre with fellow fire officers Martin Turner (left) and Matt Cornthwaite.

Garstang’s fire fighters are putting their best feet forward to raise money for Lancaster’s St John’s Hospice.

They are hoping local residents will sponsor them for the November 22 challenge.

Some seven members of the Garstang crew are expected to take part and they plan to complete an 11 mile walk wearing full kit and carrying breathing apparatus.

The idea for the 30kg-weighted walk from Garstang Fire Station to the hospice in Lancaster came from retained firefighter Stephen Lowe.

Stephen, who runs family business Wearing News on Croston Road with wife Jemma and also works at Garstang Motors, said: “We’re doing it for St John’s Hospice. My dad passed away two years ago on the day we do the walk.”

His father Keith was at one time the local policeman for Garstang and lived in the town for 40 years. Keith also served in Lancaster and Preston as a police officer and was cared for in his final days by the hospice.

Stephen said: “I just wanted to give something back for all the care and support and help they gave him.”

The team plan to set off at 8am on Saturday morning and estimate the trek will take up to five hours to complete.

Those taking part will include Matt Cornthwaite, Sammi (Samantha) Stewart, Chris and Kevin Horner, Dave Porter and Ben Freeman.

Sponsorship can be made on the Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/
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