Jock's cancer battle inspires firefighters to fund-raise

FIREFIGHTERS from Honiton are embarking on a challenge, inspired by one of their colleague s battle with cancer.

FIREFIGHTERS from Honiton are embarking on a challenge, inspired by one of their colleague's battle with cancer.

Derek Malcolm, known as Jock, has been a firefighter in Honiton for 20 years.

Recently, he underwent surgery and chemotherapy for stomach cancer.

His colleagues are now due to attempt the arduous Three Peaks Challenge - to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Care and the Firefighters' Charity.

The firefighters will be supporting a further cause, the Honiton-based Baton charity.

During next month's challenge, they will carry the Baton, a symbol of the nation's pride in the armed forces.

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Former Royal Marine Richard Branson is leading the team.

Earlier this month, the firefighters staged a fund-raising car wash at their station, in Dowell Street.

If you would like to sponsor the effort, contact Mr Branson on (01404) 42668.