Charity walk between Devon fire stations for charity
19th July 2016
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Diane Hartnell and Malcolm Street will be hiking between fire stations from 19-23 July in memory of family and friends. 

Diane’s brother served as a fireman in the RAF but is now confined to a wheelchair following a motorbike accident. Her father’s best friend Joe and his son Tony served in the fire service for many years before Joe died last year. 

Diane said: “I was very close to Uncle Joe and miss him greatly. He loved what he did for the service, although he never talked about the traumatic events he encountered. We understand how brave these firefighters are and how much they give up to help others and we would like to repay them by doing our walk.”


The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is also being supported as Diane’s father Frank Hodgkins died from lung cancer in 2010. 

Their itinerary, starting on 19 July 2016, is as follows: 

  • Day one, Sidmouth Fire Station to Exmouth Fire Station
  • Day two, Starcross to Ashburton Fire Station
  • Day three, Ashburton Fire Station - Princetown Fire Station - Tavistock Fire Station
  • Day four, Tavistock Fire Station to Moretonhampstead Fire Station
  • Day five, Moretonhampstead to Academy, Lympstone 

Area Manager Steve Widnell, of Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said: “We are very grateful to Diane and Malcolm for choosing to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity, which helps many fire service staff every year. 

“They have given themselves a tough challenge but I know they have trained hard and I’m sure they will achieve their goals. We wish them the best of luck.”


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