Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Charity Cycle ride raises over £11,000

A charity bike ride by three Chelmsford firefighters has raised more than £11,000 for the Huntington's Disease Association.

Frank Allen, Dan Hart and Jon Foot, who are all members of Chelmsford Fire Station’s Blue Watch, were joined by Julian Sutton and Mark Carter on the epic journey. They were supported Shaun Hart and fellow firefighter Sean Walshe who followed the team in a support vehicle.

Frank said: “We’re delighted with how much money we raised. We were hoping to get around £5,000 and we’ve smashed that with a final tally of £11,740.

“Over the course of the two weeks we cycled nearly 1,000 miles, climbed more than 50,000 feet and averaged a speed of around 14 miles-an-hour. We didn’t get any punctures and we only had three falls between us. So all in all it was a huge success.

“Some parts of the ride were harder than others and we all had down days but we helped each other through as a team. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and something which we have all said we’d do it again.

“Huntington’s disease is in my family. It’s a hereditary condition which my mother was diagnosed with in 2002, she died in 2007. We have discovered that of her four children three of us carry the gene which means there is a 50-50 chance we have passed it on to our children.

“As a family we have been fundraising for the Huntington's Disease Association for years, my mother-in-law did a skydive and last March we held a charity ball. The John O’Groats to Land’s End cycle was the latest fundraising effort so we really pleased that it has raised so much money.”

The cycle took place between July 15 and 28 this year. The team have now collected all the money raised to give to the Huntington's Disease Association.

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