Marathon row by firefighter in city centre

Marathon row by firefighter in city centre

Dad of three wanted to give something back to charity
09 September 2016

A Hampshire firefighter is rowing a marathon in full fire kit and breathing apparatus for a charity close to his heart.

Watch Manager Sean Gray will be clocking up more than 26 miles on a rowing machine in Winchester high street tomorrow (Sept 10) at 10am in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

The firefighter and dad of three, who has been with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service for 23 years, will be splitting his mammoth effort into morning and afternoon legs and hopes to raise at least £1,000.

He said he wanted to do something for the charity which had helped him after he was involved in a road traffic collision last year which left him with physical and psychological injuries.

Firefighter Gray, who lives in Chandlers Ford and works at Winchester Fire Station, said:

“In all the years working for HFRS this was the first time I used The Fire Fighters Charity and I can honestly say it was instrumental in helping my recovery.

“Through the help of the charity I was able to return to some form of normality.”

“With all the help and support I was given I would like to give something back and hope to achieve my target.”

He will have mini breathing apparatus with him so children can pose for photos and he hopes the event gets a Twitter following.

Fire crews will also be on hand to give out road safety advice.

Donations can be made through his Just Giving page.

Pulling together for charity
Sean Gray in action