THE COUNTY’S chief fire office will set off from Midhurst on a gruelling challenge this month.
Sean Ruth, who took up his position at the start of the year, is aiming to cycle to all 25 fire stations in West Sussex – in just two days.
Starting at Midhurst on Wednesday, September 25, he will hit the road before hopefully finishing in Chichester two days later.
His efforts are all in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity and Operation Florian.
“We wish him well and all the best and success for the bike ride,” said Nigel Gamblen, Midhurst fire station officer.
“Hopefully the weather keeps fine for him.”
Mr Ruth will be joined by his deputy Lee Neale and the pair have set themselves a target of raising £5,000.
The Midhurst crew will be out to see the pair off on the first leg of their journey.
“These two charities provide an invaluable source of support to the men and women who risk their lives to protect the public, both at home and abroad,” he said.
“Neither charity receives any government funding so rely entirely on the generosity of the public and the fire and rescue community to be able to continue their work.
“I’ve set myself a very challenging sponsorship target so I am really hoping that communities in West Sussex will get behind it.
“I am determined to raise as much money as I can for these two fantastic charities.”
The Fire Fighters Charity supports firefighters in need, providing a number of services for both serving and retired firefighters.
Operation Florian provides fire engines, equipment and training to the world’s poorest regions who lose millions of lives every year to fires.
In addition to raising funds for charity, Mr Ruth said he hoped to use the challenge as an opportunity to raise awareness of road safety across the county.
“I will be working with colleagues from fire stations around the route to put road safety firmly in the spotlight,” he said.
To sponsor the pair’s charity challenge, visit their fundraising page http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/seansteam