Staff from Cleveland Fire Brigade will be joining forces with their counterparts from the Tees area of the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) to walk the ‘Cleveland Way’ to raise funds for Help the Heroes. The team will be walking 110 miles in seven days beginning on Tuesday 17 May.
They plan to start in Hemsley then pass through, Osmotherly and Kildale before making their way to Saltburn. From Saltburn they will work their way along the coast taking in Runswick Bay, Whitby, Scarborough and finishing in Filey.
The two emergency services already have close working links as Grangetown Fire Station is a standby point for NEAS and this is how the challenge to raise money for the charity came about.
The walk has been organised by Paramedic Ivan Doherty who was a former soldier prior to joining ambulance service, but then served as a medic with the Territorial Army serving in Afghanistan.
Chris Coverdale, Grangetown Blue Watch Manager who is helping Ivan to organise the event said: “There are 45 people taking part, some will be walking the full 110 miles and others individual days but it is ultimately a team effort.
“There are many members within Cleveland Fire Brigade who are former armed service personnel and have served all over the world in various conflicts and have witnessed major trauma. The money raised will go some way to help rehabilitate those who are seriously injured.
“Other fundraising has also been done within the Brigade including a plant sale, Easter egg raffle and selling cakes made by staff which will also be donated to the cause.”
Ivan Doherty, North East Ambulance Paramedic said, “Serving as a soldier, I have seen many of the horrific and catastrophic injuries that have been inflicted on the men and women that serve in the armed forces.
“By raising money for such a worthy cause we are helping those that put their lives on the line for us every day. Anyone who would like to make a donation towards our team effort can do so at www.justgiving.com/Ivan-Doherty .”