Firefighters to tackle 50 mile walk for colleague in need Karen Land

07/02/2018

​Two firefighters are taking on the challenge of 50 mile walk – each wearing 10kg of breathing apparatus equipment – to raise money for a colleague in need, Karen Land.

Karen  had just finished training for her dream job of becoming a firefighter when she was told she had breast cancer in October - she was given three months to live.

She turned towards immunotherapy treatment hoping it would give her more time with her five children.

The treatment is only available privately, or at a clinic in Germany where each treatment is £5,000 - so Karen is raising funds to pay for it.

Karen is hoping to raise £100,000, and has so far raised over £64,000 on her JustGiving page.

Now, Chris Binch and Gary Mulligan have decided they wanted to help Karen reach her target by walking from East Leake Fire Station in the South of the county to Misterton in the North on 3 March - a distance of just over 50 miles -  to raise a further £2,000 for Karen’s treatment.

Chris, a firefighter based at Mansfield Fire Station said: “Our target is to do it within 16 hours which will be a real challenge but it’s nothing compared to what Karen and Kevin are going through.

Worksop Fire Station Watch Manager, Gary Mulligan said: “I know people from within my family and friends who have suffered with cancer so it seems like the right thing to do.
“I’m looking forward to but I know that it will hurt. It’s not the mileage that will be the difficulty but the weight.

“They’ll be a few blisters after we have finished but it’ll be worth it if we can reach that £2000 target.”

To donate to Chris and Gary's JustGiving page click here.

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