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100100tescoThe past few years has seen the Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service take part in some major fundraising cycle rides and 2013 is no different.

This year, the aim is to cycle 100 miles here on the Isle of Wight and the Cent Cols Challenge which is 100 mountains in 10 days in France! – 100 Here 100 There!

Today (Friday), firefighters from across the Island have been fundraising at Tesco Extra on the outskirts of the town, on what is set to be the busiest day for the store this year so far.

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They raised a fantastic £1315.00!

Children have been photographed inside one of the service’s fire engines, firefighters have been manning the checkouts helping you to pack your bags and customers have been able to purchase a number of stickers, badges and memorabilia all in support of the fundraising effort.

On Easter Sunday, a teddy bear parachute jump will be held at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway allowing children to watch their favourite teddy bear fly from the top of a Skylift appliance, normally used to tackle fires at great height.


The money raised will be used to help Wessex Cancer Trust open a Cancer Support Centre in Newport.  This will be a drop in centre for patients, families and carers affected by cancer and will offer information, advice and therapy covering all aspects of the illness.

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You can read more about the 100 here 100 there challenge including how you can take part at

The challenge is being dedicated to all those whose lives have been affected by cancer and to the memory of the Isle of Wight Fire Service’s  friend and colleague, John Hargreaves.

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