Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Firefighters set to walk the Essex Way for The Fire Fighters Charity

Two Essex County Fire and Rescue Service firefighters are taking on an 81 mile walk to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

Firefighters Toby Ingham and Luis de Goni-Parks decided to take on a charity challenge by walking the Essex Way after hearing about the struggles The Fire Fighters Charity had been facing during the pandemic.

The pair are set to take on an 81 mile walk from Epping to Harwich in just three days on 21 August.

Toby, Station Manager in Emergency Planning, is currently seconded to the COVID-19 Multi Agency Information Cell, and Luis is a Community Builder in the South West Essex team. They are also both on-call firefighters in Ingatestone.

Toby said: "Many charities have been hit hard by the pandemic, including The Fire Fighters Charity which has been forced to cancel most of its fundraising events.

"Me and Luis wanted to do something about it and came up with this challenge to make people aware of the struggle charities are facing and to raise some money."

Luis said: "We'll have to travel light and fast to complete it in three days, walking for about 12 hours a day. We're both outdoors people - I've walked in the Lake District and Brecon Beacons - but this will be really tough."

Toby and Luis will start the trek on Friday, 21 August and plan to walk the equivalent of a marathon a day, about 26.5 miles, to complete the challenge on Sunday, 23 August. They have arranged places to stay overnight so that they can set off early each day.

To support them, visit their JustGiving page.

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