An 11-year-old autistic boy from Portsmouth is ready to set off on a 133-mile bike ride in aid of injured fire fighters. Andrew Impey will cycle from Havant Fire Station in Hampshire to Barnet Fire Station in London over three days and will be joined along the way by serving fire fighters.
Andrew has been raising money for The Fire Fighter’s Charity for over two years and has raised around £2,000 for current and retired fire fighters. Over that same time, Andrew has visited over 1,000 fire stations in the UK and has recently returned from New York where he visited another 50 and was made a honourary fire fighter.
Andrew said: “I did a 25-mile bike ride last year and wanted to push myself further. This time I’ll be traveling through three counties and making 29 stops at fire stations on the way.
“The horror at Grenfell Tower in London earlier this year reminded us all of the kind of dangerous work fire fighters do and we can all imagine the support they will need for the rest of their lives. It’s great to be able to support such an amazing charity and to do it in such a fun way.”
Andrew will be visiting stations in London on Friday.
Andrew’s mum Kirstine said: “It’s great that Andrew wants to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.
“Over the past few years the fire and rescue community has given so much to Andrew. While he has been visiting fire stations, Andrew’s social skills have improved dramatically. He has also learnt to read and improved his other skills thanks to the support of the fire service.”
You can find out more about Andrew at oneladschallenge.com and you can follow his bike ride on Twitter with @AndrewDaneUK and #OneLadsChallenge. If you would like to sponsor Andrew and help raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity, you can do so by going to justgiving.com/oneladschallenge.