Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue

Over £2,500 was raised by a group of firefighters from Woodhall Spa Fire Station who ran over seven miles in their full heavy kit and breathing masks to raise money for charity.

Jake Watson, 22, and his colleagues set off from the fire station at around 10am on Saturday, May 1. They ran to their neighbouring station in Horncastle in kit including thick fire protective clothing, heavy fire boots, helmet and gloves.

The challenge took about 2 hours, including water and break stops, and over £200 was donated into the collection bucket by people cheering them on along the route.

The firefighters finished the challenge as a group together. | Photo: John Aron

The firefighters were cheered as they ran over seven miles for charity. | Photo: John Aron

During the middle portion of run the firefighters had to take their helmets and gloves off for a while to allow their temperatures to regulate safely.

The firefighters were supported by Woodhall Spa’s fire appliance and ambulance. They were met by the crew at Horncastle at the the finish line, who provided well-deserved refreshments.

The firefighters were supported by Woodhall Spa’s fire appliance and ambulance.

All proceeds will be donated to The Fire Fighters charity.

The fundraising page raised over £2,100 and the offline totals are still being added up before all the proceeds will be donated to The Fire Fighters charity.

The Fire Fighters Charity offers specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community. The charity’s income has fallen significantly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Commercial pilot Jake Watson also works as a firefighter at the on-call retained fire station in Woodhall Spa. | Photo: John Aron

A tough, but fun challenge for charity.

Raising money for charity with a smile. | Photo: John Aron

Crossing the finishing line. | Photo: John Aron

Among those who took on the challenge were colleagues Jake Watson and Martin Willerton, who both joined Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue at the same time in October last year.

Jake told The Lincolnite: “It was at times harder than I expected. The team were great and there was a lot of motivation that helped me and the others pull through, and we all finished as a group.

“It was a big boost for me to see the public give their support and the total in the bucket shows how much they are supporting us and the cheering was nice to see.”

Firefighters and managers took part in the challenge to raise money for charity. | Photo: John Aron

Firefighter Jake Watson after completing the gruelling seven mile challenge. | Photo: John Aron

Woodhall Spa is an on-call retained fire station so all its firefighters have other full-time jobs, including commercial pilot Jake. They offer up any time they can to provide emergency cover.

Five firefighters from Lincoln North Fire Station also took part in a fundraiser over the bank holiday weekend, climbing the building 100 times each up and down over four hours.

They have raised over £600 – donate to their fundraiser here.

Firefighters and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue managers are preparing to run over seven miles in their fully heavy kit and breathing masks on Saturday to raise money for charity.

Jake Watson, 22, and his colleagues were originally set to take on the challenge in March, but it was delayed due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It has now been rearranged for Saturday, May 1 when Jake and his colleagues will set off from Woodall Spa Fire Station at around 10am and run to the neighbouring station in Horncastle in kit, including thick fire protective clothing, heavy fire boots, helmet and gloves.

All proceeds will go to The Fire Fighters Charity, who offer specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community. The charity’s income has fallen significantly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Over £1,700 has so far been raised through the JustGiving page, gift aid and offline donations – make a donation here.

Woodhall Spa is an on-call retained fire station so all its firefighters have other full-time jobs, including commercial pilot Jake. They offer up any time they can to provide emergency cover.

Firefighter Jake Watson is based at Woodhall Spa Fire Station.

Among those taking on the challenge are friends Jake Watson and Martin Willerton, who both joined Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue at the same time in October last year.

Jake told The Lincolnite: “I feel positive as we have done a lot of training to get fit for the challenge.

“We feel ready, but there will be the extra element of having the full fire kit, so I’ve told the guys to put thick socks and plasters on to avoid blisters.

“The donations have been fantastic. I thought to myself initially it would be good to get over £1,000, but we quickly rose above that number thanks to the public and local businesses.”

Jake Watson handing over an appreciation certificate to a representative from Dyson Farming as a thank you for their donation to the fundraiser.

Jake handing over an appreciation certificate to Tom Kilpin and Mark Cockburn from local firm MT Automotive Cleaning Services.

As part of the fundraising, the firefighters have received donations for business sponsors including Away Resorts Tattershall Lakes, Dyson Farming, and MT Automotive Cleaning Services.

Five crews tackled a blaze at a garage near Metheringham Airfield on Thursday afternoon.

There was a big plume of smoke from the area near the Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre at Martin Moor.

Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue said the fire involves a single storey garage containing three vehicles.

Five fire crews attended the scene. | Photo: Ellis Karran for The Lincolnite

Police at the scene after a fire broke out near Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre. | Photo: BBC Radio Lincolnshire

Crews from Metheringham, Sleaford, Woodhall Spa and Lincoln South were sent to the scene shortly after 2pm.

Residents nearby are advised to keep doors and windows closed.

Lincolnshire Police said: “We were alerted at 2.35pm to a fire at a property at Martin Moor. There were no injuries.”

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