Firefighters from East Sussex Fire and rescue Service have taken on a ‘Three Pier Challenge,’ consisting of a 42 mile relay run from Brighton Palace Pier to Eastbourne Pier and finishing at Hastings Pier.

They are raising money for our charity and fellow firefighter, Chris “Casper” Mepham. Chris, 37, who is based at Bohemia Road Community Fire Station in Hastings, is receiving treatment for a rare form of bowel cancer.

Chris’s colleagues want to help him and his family with travel, accommodation and other expenses that they may encounter during the long journey ahead of them as Chris undergoes further treatment and surgery. He and his wife Sarah have just welcomed their second baby – a sister for their daughter Esmae.

Hove and Roedean Station Manager Doug Marshall, who helped to organise the challenge said; “Chris is a popular and very well respected member of our Service. He has shown his determination to fight back to health and we want to do what we can to help support him. His colleagues have already donated time, skills and money to be able to make changes to their family home in true ‘DIY SOS’ style so Chris and his family can be comfortable while going through his gruelling treatment for cancer.

“We are also raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, which supports fire service personnel when they most need it – whether to help them recover from physical injury or deal with mental health concerns. We hope that the public will show their appreciation for the hard work that all our firefighters do by contributing to our fundraising efforts.”

Doug added; “Our fundraisers and runners have done a great job. A huge thank you to everyone who has already generously donated to support this challenge.”

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