Firefighters based at Market Harborough Fire Station are aiming to raise £1,000 for Kidney Research UK.
Their fundraising efforts are in honour of colleague Andy Hill (pictured above on the right) who is waiting for a kidney transplant.
Andy (43), whose day job is site supervisor at Mountsaye Academy in Rothwell (Harborough firefighters are on call rather than full-time), currently needs dialysis four times a day.
“I’ve been deteriorating for the past year” he said. “But I was quite fit before so I can still do a job.
“And I’m on the drug EPO, which is the same drug that Lance Armstrong was on when he won the Tour De France!”
Five firefighters, who all live and work in Harborough, recently completed the infamous Wolf Run to raise money.
“It was quite tough. It started with a 100 metre swim in very cold water” said one of the runners, Craig Headley, who is a self-employed painter and decorator in town as well as a firefighter.
“We’ve raised about £135 so far, but our target is £1,000, so there will be other events coming up.
Andy Hill said he was very grateful to his colleagues for their efforts so far.
“And I’d also like to thank my wife for supporting me and putting up with all my complaining about being ill.”
Kidney Research UK is the largest funder dedicated to research into the causes and prevention of kidney disease.
The money the charity raises goes to finding better treatments and ultimately a cure to help over three million people in the UK at risk of chronic kidney disease.
Anyone who wants to give to the Harborough firefighters’ campaign should go to their justgiving page: justgiving.com/harboroughfirefighterswolfrun