A TEAM of firefighters from Audlem have raised nearly £1,400 for charity by virtually running, rowing and cycling to Devon.

On Saturday, August 1, firefighters from Audlem fire station set off on their mission to virtually travel around 212 miles to Harcombe House in Devon, a rehabilitation centre for the Fire Fighters Charity.

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.

The team set off at 9.30am on August 1, reaching their collective goal at 2pm.

A target of £850 was reached with the firefighters raising £1,394 overall.

Watch manager of Audlem Fire Station, John McCool, said he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the community.

"We are delighted to report that the station 'reached' Harcombe House early afternoon last Saturday, August 1," said John. "In fact, we managed an additional 40 miles making it 252 miles in total, using stationary bikes, a treadmill and a Concept 2 rower.

"We have been overwhelmed with the generosity of the people of Audlem and those further afield, as £541 was donated to the Fire Services Charity collection bucket that we placed at the front of the fire station during the event on Saturday.

"A further £853 has been donated via our Just Giving Page with a grand total raised to date of £1,394.

"On behalf of Audlem Fire Station and the Fire Fighters Charity, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made a donation."