Eastbourne Blazing Saddles team are on the final leg of their 1000 miles road-trip to raise money for two charities.
Fifteen firefighters from Green Watch, based at Eastbourne Community Fire Station, will today (29th May) arrive back on home ground after a four-day tour of the British Isles on scooters.
They have been busy fundraising for CLIC Sargent, a charity which looks after children suffering with cancer and leukaemia, as well as the Fire Fighters Charity and have now raised more than £11,000.
St Thomas A Becket Catholic Junior School, in Eastbourne, supported the team by kindly raising £300. With this money the Blazing Saddles team purchased an X-Box to present to Belfast City Hospital while on their road trip.
As an added treat the Watch also arranged for the local fire service to send along a fire engine to coincide with the presentation of the X-Box at the children’s ward – which is one of the UK's specialist children's cancer and leukaemia treatment centres. Two of the members of staff there work for the CLIC Sargent charity and were delighted with the surprise.
From Ireland Crew Manager Bob Newton said it’s been a humbling experience for the watch.
“How lucky are we to have three days of sunshine, with morale high and everything going extremely well we are having a lovely time. We visited the children’s ward where all the children there have problems with cancer.
“One little boy had not smiled for weeks and his mum was so pleased that our visit had brought a smile to his little face. This is the first time that I have been among so many youngsters with health problems and it was a very emotional experience and very humbling.
“All of us feel the same way and are passionate that what we are doing is so worthwhile and the money that we give to CLIC Sargent will help improve these youngsters’ lives. The children were delighted with their X-box and so a big thank you to the students at St Thomas A Becket Catholic Junior School.”