FIREFIGHTERS from Audlem have been raising money for charity by virtually running, rowing and cycling more than 200 miles.

The firefighters have been raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity and set one of the charity's centres at Harcombe House in Devon as their distance target, roughly 212 miles.

The Fire Fighters charity provides personalised rehabilitation and support to serving, retired or dependent fire service personnel and their families and provides support as a result of injury, illness, mental health and social wellbeing issues.

On Saturday, August 1 the firefighters began their collective endeavour, 'setting off' at 9am and reaching their goal at 2pm the same day.

A target of £1,000 was set and so far the firefighters have raised £850.

Watch manager of Audlem Fire Station, John McCool, said the undertaking was to help support a charity that has lost funding throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

"During the coronavirus pandemic, the charity has lost a significant amount of charitable funding resulting in future plans and ambitions grinding to a halt," said John.

"On Saturday, August 1, Audlem Fire Station ran, cycled and rowed 212 miles; which is the distance from Audlem Village to Harcombe House in Devon, one of the charities rehabilitation centres.

"The aim is to raise £1,000 in an attempt to reduce the financial deficit and to ensure this fantastic charity continues to operate."

Meanwhile Alan Knell, fundraising manager for the charity praised the efforts of the firefighters involved.

"Well done and thanks for the amazing efforts from everyone on station that took up the Fire Family Challenge," said Alan. "You can all be very proud of the difference you have made to the fire community with the money raised.

"Thank you from all at The Fire Fighters Charity"