A TEAM of firefighters from Malpas have raised more than £2,000 for charity after undertaking a 'gruelling' challenge.

On Saturday, October 16, the team set out on a 15-mile trek through the hills and fields around Malpas, all the while carrying a 70kg dummy in a stretcher.

The challenge was undertaken for two charities, The Firefighters charity, which supports all fire and rescue service personnel, and The Starlight Charity, which helps children who are facing life-threatening or life-limiting conditions.

Lead by firefighter Giles Davies, the team carried the stretcher 15 miles in just over six hours, and raised just over £2,200.

After the challenge, he was filled with praise for the team and all those who donated.

Giles said: "It's all over; 15 miles, 6.5 hours, sweat, tears, laughter and a shed load of climbing.

"Thank you to everyone who has donated and cheered us along, it's been awesome.

"We've smashed the target but that doesn't mean we stop taking donations.

"The page will stay live for a few more days, so any spare cash, big or small – but mainly big – is really appreciated.

"Thank you, you've all been fantastic."

To donate, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MalpasFireStation