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100100Island firefighters have smashed their target of raising £20,000 in the 100 Here 100 There charity challenge for 2013.

At a presentation evening held at Ryde Fire Station on Saturday, organisers of the event – which has raised funds for the Wessex Cancer Trust and The Firefighter’s Charity, revealed that a grand total of £44,026 had been raised this year, a staggering £24,026 over the set target.

Following the sad death of John Hargreaves, a member of the Isle of Wight Fire Service, the Wessex Cancer Trust was chosen as a benefactor of the fundraising.

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The challenge saw firefighters cycle 100 miles here on the Island in a single day, as well as IWFRS Watch Managers, Kelvin Wright & Lee Venier (pictured) traversing 100 mountains in ten days over the water in France.

hamsterwheelMore than £4,000 of the funds raised came from the 48-hour running challenge which saw 20 incredible firefighters take it in turns to run a grand total of 459,700 metres in a giant human hamster wheel on Ryde Esplanade, both day and night.

A pop-up restaurant was held inside Ryde Fire Station’s pump bay back in May as another fundraiser event.

More information can be found on the official website,

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