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To celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Fire Fighters Charity, a Humberside Fire and Rescue Service team is planning to cross the Humber the hard way!

They will be swimming the Humber on 22 July 2018 and are already in full training for the tough challenge. Hours of pool based training coupled with open water sessions will get the team ready for the swim which will be timed to make best use of the strong tides.

The route will go from the south to the north bank of the river, starting at Barton at 13.30 with a planned exit on Hessle foreshore at around 13.00.

The Fire Fighters Charity is celebrating its 75th year in 2018. From its roots supporting bereaved families of firefighters killed during the Blitz, the charity is a modern day service that provides life enhancing health and wellbeing support to the whole fire community either serving or retired. The charity supports thousands of beneficiaries a year through a broad range of services at rehab centres such as Penrith in Cumbria.

This event forms part of the 75 mile challenge. Other events include running, walking, swimming, cycling, rowing, scooting or pogo-sticking 75 miles in some shape or form. You can take on our #My75Miles anniversary challenge any way you wish. What's more, you can take part by yourself or as part of a team. All we ask is that you raise a minimum of £75 to support heroes of the fire community along the way.

The team are nearly half way to their initial target of £750. They can be sponsored by visiting their Just Giving page.

Charity Registration No. 1093387. Please give generously.

Humber Rescue will be on hand in case any of the swimmers encounter any difficulties in any of the fast flowing channels.