Flying Colours Motorcycle Training have generously offered to help 14 firefighters from Eastbourne Community Fire Station train up for their 1000 mile journey around the UK for charity.

The 'Blazing Saddles' scooter ride in May 2012 will see the Green Watch crew take in all four sections of the British Isles in just four days adorned in their trademark bright yellow fire kit.

Crew manager, Bob Newton MBE, said: "We decided to undertake a long-way round charity ride and to make the challenge even harder we wanted to use scooters instead of our usual, more powerful, chariots of choice.

"We are so grateful to Ande Friend and the Flying Cycles team for providing all the Driving Standards Agency training and financing the certification of our riders for free."

The charities benefitting from the idea will be The Fire Fighters Charity and Clic Sargent, who look after children suffering from cancer and leukaemia.

Both charities mean a lot to participating fireman, Matt Harrison, as he was diagnosed with cancer in 1997.

Fortunatley he was able to recover and returned to work as an operational fire fighter 18 months later after rehabbing with The Fire Fighters' Charity.

During his treatment, he came into close contact with many children facing the same difficulties and said he was "deeply moved by their bravery."

To support their cause, cheques should be made payable to Blazing Saddles Charity fundraising, and sent to: Eastbourne Fire Station, East Sussex, BN22 8LA or contact (01323) 638418. 

Photo: Green Watch Firefighters Matt Harrison (left) and Adam Henstock with their fire helmets and crash helmets 

Posted September 23rd, 2011 at 1215 by Richard. Comment by emailing: