Clun firefighters in £5,000 charity bid

Before the event with their donated back up Land Rover left to right: Andrew Williams, Shenton Gwilliam, Graham Barker and Michael Oliver.

Clun firefighters are nearing their £5,000 charity target after a gruelling week long walk of Offas Dyke.

Four of the crew walked the 183 miles from Prestatyn to Hay on Wye, suffering blisters on the way, while fellow firefighters stayed in Clun to keep the town's fire appliance fully manned.

The proceeds have helped push their charity raising to £4,000 with £1,000 to go in aid of the Firefighters Charity, Air Ambulance, Community First Responders and the Comfort Fund for Stone House Hospital, Bishops Castle.

"We were the ones who drew the short straw for the challenge while the rest of the crew kept the appliance on the run," said Graeme Barker.

Firefighters praised local firms for helping them during the Offas Dyke walk including Shukers Land Rovers which supplied a support vehicle for the event.

Davies's newsagents were also praised for displaying in their shop window a daily updated report on their progress on the charity walk.

Other local firms which sponsored the firefighters were: Randel Parker Foods, Clun Garage, Clear View Stoves, D & G Stone, Flue & Duct, RVW Pugh, Halls, McCartney's, Bishops Castle Building Supplies, John Morris & Sons, Manor Adventure, Pooh Hall Cottages, Newington Garages and Hurst Mill Holiday Cottages.

Clun firefighters on the week long Offas Dyke charity walk, left to right, Michael Oliver, Shenton Gwilliam, Graeme Barker and Andrew Williams.

"The walking team would also like to thank their wives and families for their support and especially to nurse Jan Morphett for her endless work in feeding, giving medical support and making constant trips to the chemist for blister packs," added Graeme.

The Clun firefighters are now planning more charity raising events to reach their £5,000 target for the Summer and Autumn including using a rowing machine to row the distance of the English Channel at Clun Show and staging another massive car wash.

17th July, 2009