Fire Crew's UK charity challenge

Mel Kapitanec receives the keys to the minibus from Claire Gwilliam, of Burnt Tree, Harlescott, with the Three Peaks Challenge climbers, Graham Oliver (Ludlow), Andy Bevan (Bridgnorth), Jim Wakenell (Telford), Jason Norgrove (Ludlow), Ian George (Bridgnorth), and Phil Clarke (Shrewsbury).

Shropshire firefighters enjoy a challenge. That's why a team of eight from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service are getting ready to climb Britain's three highest peaks in just 24 hours - and it's all for charity.

In total the firefighters and support staff will scale a grand total of 11,173ft in the UK fire service's 20th Three Peaks Challenge.

They will start with a five hour trek up Ben Nevis at 4,408ft in Scotland on June 17 before travelling to Cumbria for the four hour 3,205ft high Scafell Pike climb and then straight onto Wales for the final three hour assault on 3,560ft high Snowdon on June 18.

Shrewsbury firm Burnt Tree has offered to help them meet the 24 hour deadline for the challenge by sponsoring the team with a minibus so they can make the 11 hour journey travelling hundreds of miles between each climbing venue.

Mel Kapitanec, a retained support officer based in Oswestry, who is also a Retained firefighter at Shrewsbury, said the whole team wanted to raise funds for Cancer Research and the National Fire Service Benevolent Fund which allows injured or sick fire service personnel to recover in a rehabilitation home.

"There are an awful lot of people in our Shropshire brigade who have suffered from cancer and we all want to do something to help. The fire service rehabilitation home run by the benevolent fund allows them and their families to recuperate in a stress free environment."

Sponsors wanting to support the challenge with donations can contact Mel Kapitanec on 07816 293 265.

8th June, 2007