Firefighters' D-Day ride

PUBLISHED: 12:19 10 April 2008 | UPDATED: 13:08 06 May 2010

EIGHT firefighters will be jumping on their bikes to raise money for charity by cycling along the D-Day sites on the Normandy coast in France. Firefighter Jeremy Harris of St Albans Green Watch came up with the idea after sitting down with a group of war

EIGHT firefighters will be jumping on their bikes to raise money for charity by cycling along the D-Day sites on the Normandy coast in France.

Firefighter Jeremy Harris of St Albans Green Watch came up with the idea after sitting down with a group of war veterans who fought in the region and said they could not raise enough money to afford a Christmas lunch together.

The firefighters will be setting off on Sunday for the three-day challenge which they are funding themselves.

They will catch a ferry to Cherbourg and they will then cycle on to St Mere-Eglise for their first stop. They will also ride to Omaha Beach and Arromanches before reaching their final destination of Pegasus Bridge at Ouistreham, where they will be met by some veterans.

The money they raise in sponsorship will be split between the Normandy Veterans Association through the Royal British Legion and the Fire Service's Benevolent Fund. To sponsor the firefighters to raise money for the war veterans, visit www.justgiving.com/jeremyharrisrbl and to sponsor them to raise money for the Fire Service Benevolent Fund visit www.justgiving.com/jeremyharrisfire

Alternatively, Green Watch can be contacted at St Albans Fire Station on 01727 818919.

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