Over £2,000 raised ahead of Milton Keynes firefighters' charity challenge to mark 9/11 anniversary

Over £2,000 has been raised ahead of a group of local firefighters' fundraising challenge that will mark the 9/11 anniversary.

On Saturday 11th September, a team from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue will run/walk a 6km route from West Ashland Fire Station to Xscape in the city centre.

They will each carry over 80lbs of breathing apparatus and kit for the full length of the route, which is the same weight as an average 11-year-old.

Once they reach Xscape, they will ascend the internal stairs of the building – that’s over 198 steps and a height of over 140 ft – before coming back down again.

They will be joined by a second team made up of other emergency services personnel, following the same route but running in PPE and fitness gear. The challenge is to raise funds for both The Fire Fighters Charity and the NYC-based charity The Stephen Siller Foundation.

The challenge itself is in less than two weeks and the firefighters have received nearly half of their fundraising target.

A spokesperson for West Ashland Fire Station said: "With less than two weeks to go 10/15 were out training this morning, completing the 6km run in full kit.

"We have now raised over £2,000 which is amazing! Keep the donations and messages of support coming in!"

Donations will be accepted on the day but can also be made in advance by clicking here.