Fire engine pull teams raise £10k for burned children

A 12-TONNE fire engine was pulled through the streets of St Neots on Sunday, raising more than £10,000 for the second year running. This was the third year that firefighters staged the sponsored St Neots Fire Engine Pull for the annual holiday club for bu

A 12-TONNE fire engine was pulled through the streets of St Neots on Sunday, raising more than £10,000 for the second year running.

This was the third year that firefighters staged the sponsored St Neots Fire Engine Pull for the annual holiday club for burned children at Grafham Water.

Firefighters, friends and family formed four teams to take turns in pulling the engine the two and a half miles from B&Q on the Great North Road to the Cambridgeshire Hunter Pub.

Once they arrived, a mini-fete got going with a bouncy castle, disco, outside bar, raffle, bucking bronco, barbecue, karaoke and an auction.

The Burned Children's Club Summer Camp is the social event of the year for youngsters who have survived bad fires but been left scarred.

The St Neots firefighters directly involved in the summer camp. Each year, with other Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service personnel, they organise a water-related fun day.

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Pat Wade, co-ordinator for the club, said: "Without the annual Fire Engine Pull, the summer camp would not be the same for the children. The money pays for all the fun extras, like outings to Wicksteed Park, swimming in St Neots, the t-shirts they wear and the equipment they use.

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