Hose monkey firefighters take on bike challenge for charity

Hose monkey firefighters take on bike challenge for charity

Hampshire crews take on London night cycle event for charity close to their hearts
02 June 2016

A band of fundraising Hampshire firefighters called Hose Monkeys are hoping to raise £2,000 with a 100km cycle ride around London.

The Nightrider Challenge 2016 will start in the capital on Saturday night and end Sunday morning after taking in the London Eye, Piccadilly Circus, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.

The team will also get to cycle over the iconic Abbey Road crossing made famous by The Beatles.

The group includes Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters, from Alton and Rushmoor stations, Ian Crawley, Michael "Stan" Still, Gary Marsh and Duncan Foster, and Martin Eldridge, from West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

They will be joined by Ian’s daughter Clarissa Crawley and her boyfriend Andy Friend.

The group will be raising money on its JustGiving page for The Fire Fighters Charity until the end of August.

Firefighter Crawley said:

“I haven’t needed the charity myself but I know people who have and the help they give families. It is a very worthwhile cause.

“I was attracted to the Nightrider Challenge because I am a keen cyclist and the experience of cycling through London is something entirely different.”

He has taken on this challenge for the past three years.

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