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Humberside Fire and Rescue Service's new recruits undertook a 198 mile 'journey' on 5 November from Service HQ to Parliament Square without ever having to leave St Stephens shopping centre!

Dressed in full fire kit, the 22 new recruits, who are just over half way through their wholetime firefighter training course at Immingham West Training Centre, were at St Stephens in Hull on Sunday 5 November raising money for the Firefighters Charity.

Earlier this year the first cohort of new recruits successfully scaled the height of Mount Everest at Princes Quay shopping centre during a ladder climb. Hopes are high to equal or better the £900 raised for such a worthy cause.

The event started at 10.30am with the recruits doing 20 minute stints in turn until the full distance to the capital was complete. They got there so fast that they decided to double their efforts and make it all the way back to Hull - covering nearly 400 miles in the day!

During rest periods, those recruits who were not on the bikes remained in full kit and collected money around the shopping centre.

A Just Giving page has been set up for anyone wishing to donate to the charity which supports the mental or physical needs of around 5,000 serving and retired firefighters each year. You can access the page at:

Thanks to St Stephens for allowing the event to take place, to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts who supplied a much needed energy boost throughout the afternoon and to all those who took part and to the generous members of the public who supported such a good cause.