Berks engine pull 180Olympic Bronze Medal winner Sarah Winckless has helped a Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service team tow a fire engine more than 4 miles to raise money for the Burns Camp Charity for young burns surviviors.

Six teams took part in pulling the 13 tonne Scania fire engine from Wyboston Lakes to the Cambridgeshire Hunter pub in St Neots, raising an estimated £14,000 for charity on the day with donations still rolling in.

This is the second year that Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has contributed the fire engine for the pull, together with some firefighters to help with the task and the total raised over the ten years since the event started is closing to topping £100,000.

David Webster, one of the organisers of the event said: "We were particularly pleased to have Olympian Sarah Winckless taking part this year. In all six teams of ten took part and helped to raise over £14,000 for the Burns Camps Charity for young burns survivors."

In Sarah's biggest physical exercise since retiring as a 3-time Olympian in April 2009, she helped raised another impressive sum for the pull which Webster hopes will next be hosted in September and funds split between the Burns Camp Charity and the Fire Fighters Charity.

Ray Willett BFRS Transport & Engineering Manager and Fire Fighter added: “We are pleased to be able to help support this event by providing our fire engine to be towed. These Scania fire engines weigh 13 tonnes fully loaded and it takes a lot of effort to move them like this so those taking part deserve a very big hand for all their hard work.”

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