To mark our 75th anniversary, we’re asking you to take on your own 75 miles challenge to help support members of the fire services community in need. The distance is set, but how you get there is completely up to you.

Rick Lavens, who has worked for Royal Mail for 31 years, will retire from his role as an on-call firefighter next year following 24 years of service. To celebrate his career in the fire and rescue service and to support the Charity, Rick and his colleague Mike Cleaver have decided to take on a demanding day of cycling for their #My75Miles challenge.

Rick and Mike’s 75 Miles Page
Rick said: “Myself and Mike will attempt to ride up and down Roundway Hill in Devizes 59 times, which equals 75 miles.

“I am a keen triathlete and have completed in four Ironman races, several marathons, ultra-marathons and bike rides but I think this will be my biggest challenge yet.”

Rick supporting the Charity at a previous fundraising event

Their attempt will take place on 17 October and they hope to complete it within 11-12 hours.

“The #My75Miles challenge is a great way to show my support to The Fire Fighters Charity. This is my last year in the service before I retire next July so I want to help the Charity that has watched over me for the last 24 years.

“I haven’t had to use the Charity’s services but a few of the lads from the station have and Mike has stayed at Harcombe House with his family a few times.”

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