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This Saturday 19 June the Humberside Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) Sports and Welfare Cycling Club will embark on a fundraising ride to raise money for MIND Charity (Hull and East Yorkshire branch).

13 riders from across the Service will take part in the gruelling challenge; travelling 270 miles to each Humberside fire station in just 24 hours.

An impressive £2500 has already been raised for the charity; but the team would like to raise at least £3000.

Each station is preparing to welcome the group as they pass through, with refreshments and words of encouragement.

Paul Wainwright, firefighter at Scunthorpe Fire Station, is one of the organisers of the event and will be riding on the day. He explains what gave him the idea to host an ‘ultra-cycle’. He said: “I have an interest in long-distance cycling and I know there are a lot of keen cyclists within the Service.

“It seemed like an obvious idea to do the event while raising money for a good cause at the same time.”

Mind Charity has supported with the training for HFRS’s Blue Light Champions; a group of staff volunteers who are available to provide wellbeing support to other staff in times of need.

The Sports and Welfare Association is open to Humberside Fire and Rescue Service employees and their families and provides access to clubs, societies and service gyms (COVID-19 restrictions currently apply).

Donations for the Ultra-Cycle Challenge can be given here.