flame tamer of Cheshire fire and rescue

A Tarporley fireman was among a Cheshire team who pedaled more than 220 miles to raise money for three charities.

Martin Boardman was among 11 firefighters who took it in turns to ride a four-person bike along its journey from Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool to Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital in London.

Weighing in at around half a tonne with the team of four riding it, the bike is called “Flame Tamer 2” and was designed and built specifically for the challenge.

A target of £5,000 was reached during the ride and after the cost of the bike has been taken out, the remainder will go to Alder Hey Children’s Charity, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, and the Firefighters Charity.

Tarporley firefighter Martin said: “We are truly amazed at the response we’ve had and the amount of people who have helped us get the bike on the road including Harbrook Engineering, Reaseheath College and Audlem Cycles.

“Also to everyone who has given donations, you have all made our trip worthwhile so I thank you.”

Eveleigh Moore Dutton, Cheshire West and Chester Councillor for Tarporley, gave a donation to the event from her member’s budget.

She said: “I thought the sponsored bike ride was a fantastic idea, raising money for three very worthy causes.

“I know everyone involved has worked extremely hard and the firefighters now have the bike which can be used in many more fundraising events in the future.”

Flamer Tamer 2 has a 10 year life-expectancy and has a busy schedule ahead, when it will be used by staff from across the service to raise even money for charity.

The route started at Alder Hey Children and along the way the team were given a royal welcome by fellow firefighters who provided hospitality, and passers-by who gave them money at various stages along the journey.

The team have a Virgin Money Giving page so people can still donate www.virginmoneygiving.com/Flametamer2

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