Four days, four countries, four firefighters to go on a fundraising odyssey on behalf of two charities - The Fire Fighters Charity and Clic Sargent.

On the 26th May 2012 a team of 15 firefighters from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, plus support team, will start a fundraising event that will take them on a journey of over 1,000 miles on 6 scooters wearing their familiar bright YELLOW fire kit.

The fundraisers will be visiting all four countries of the British Isles in four days. Green Watch from Eastbourne Community Fire Station decided to undertake a 'long way round' style charity scooter ride. They wanted to make the challenge even harder by using scooters instead of their usual more powerful motorcyles. The charities benefitting from the idea will be The Fire Fighters Charity and Clic Sargent, which look after children who are suffering with cancer and leukaemia.

Dan Powell, Community Fundraising Manager, CLIC Sargent, said: "On behalf of all of the families and children we work with here in East Sussex a huge thank you to Matt and all of Green Watch for their fantastic support for CLIC Sargent. Good luck with your ride and I hope you return to Eastbourne safe and sound after what promises to be an amazing journey. CLIC Sargent could not carry on providing its vital services to children and young people with cancer without you."

The concept originated with Firefighter Matt Harrison: "I was diagnosed with cancer in 1997 and was luckily enough to beat the terrible disease and return to work as an operational firefighter some 18 months later with the help and support of The Fire Fighters Charity that provided rehabilitative care and support. During my treatment, I came into close contact with children facing the same difficulties as me and I was really moved by their bravery and strength of characters during a very difficult and upsetting time in their young lives.

"We would like to raise awareness of these charities as well as some money to aid their continuing support for the very deserving people they care for."

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