The heat is on for firefighter Andy

PUBLISHED: 12:07 26 November 2008 | UPDATED: 22:40 15 June 2010

Andy Mackie,

Andy Mackie,

A SEATON firefighter is trekking the Great Wall of China to raise money for the service's benevolent fund.

A SEATON firefighter is trekking the Great Wall of China to raise money for the service's benevolent fund.Andy Mackie, 31, of Buttercup Close, will take part in the 10-day challenge to raise money for injured firefighters and their families.The assistant manager at Sidmouth Sports Centre and Swimming Pool and retained firefighter said the charity was close to his heart. He said: "This is something I wanted to do and I received an e-mail inviting me to do it for the service and I thought what better time?"Few people have done it and those who have said it's really hard work - with between six and eight hours trekking a day. There is a lot of loose terrain and unstable parts. But it's for a worthy cause and I may need to use them one day."The registered charity assists over 11,000 individuals every year by providing treatment and support services. It costs over £9 million every year to keep the charity running, and, with no government funding, they are reliant on donations from the public. For more information visit www.firefighterscharity.org.ukAndy needs to raise £2,500. He has already paid £300 towards costs himself. To sponsor Andy, visit www.justgiving.com/andymackie


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Midweek Herald. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Midweek Herald