St Neots fire engine pull could raise �10,000

ST NEOTS fundraisers pulled together – quite literally – on Sunday to raise money for young burns victims.

ST NEOTS fundraisers pulled together – quite literally – on Sunday to raise money for young burns victims.

Organisers of the St Neots Fire Engine pull estimate that this year’s total could reach �10,000, smashing the 2010 figure of �7,500, with all proceeds going towards supporting camps at Grafham Water for young burns survivors.

Teams pulled the 14-tonne engine along the four-mile route from Wyboston Lakes, round a lap of the Market Square, finishing at the Cambridgeshire Hunter pub.

This year’s entries included a Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service team, male and female teams from the Cambridgeshire Hunter and the Hare and Hounds, and a landlords team including pullers from The Woolpack, The Hyde Park, The Weeping Ash, The Pig’n’Falcon, The Bulls Head, The Priory, The George And Dragon, Wait For The Wagon, The Lord John Russell, The Anchor, The Cambridgeshire Hunter and The Hare and Hounds.

Organiser Dave Webster thanked the sponsors and fundraisers, and the shops and businesses who donated raffle prizes.

He said: “This is the best year we have had, not only in the amount of money raised, which is incredible considering the current financial conditions, but also in the number of local people being involved with and supporting the event.

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“I know a number of the pubs have also held their own events through the year to raise money for camps.

“I have been involved with the young burns survivors for over 12 years now and see the difference that these camps make to their lives – helping to raise their self esteem and confidence, and letting them know that they are not the only ones with these types of injuries.

“I’d like to thanks everyone who was involved in the day, including the Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Cambridgeshire police and Wyboston Lakes.”

TEAM EFFORT: The Cambridgeshire Hunter women’s team in action on Sunday. Picture: SUPPLIED.

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