Two firefighters tackle 50 mile walk for Karen Land


Two firefighters have shown that their commitment to their colleague shows no bounds by taking on a 50-mile trek!​

Chris Binch and Gary Mulligan decided they wanted to help a colleague in need, Karen Land,  by walking from East Leake Fire Station in the South of the county to Misterton in the North on Thursday 8 March - a distance of just over 50 miles.

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

They began the walk at 4.20am and finally made it to Misterton station at 8.40pm.

Chris, based at Mansfield Fire Station, said: “I really enjoyed the day. It was painful at times but the support of our family and friends helped see us through to the end.

“I would like to thank Darren Warner and Martin Bills who stepped up and did sections of the walk with us as well as White Watch Mansfield – not to mention crews from Blidworth, Edwinstowe, Arnold, East Leake, Retford and Misterton!”

Worksop Fire Station Watch Manager, Gary Mulligan, said: “I really enjoyed the walk but unfortunately I only managed 26 miles due to a pulled calf muscle. Chris was immense and managed the full distance with support from our fantastic back up team.”

A staggering £4,200 has been raised so far – more than double the £2,000 target the pair were originally aiming for.

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

Chris Binch and Garry Mulligan during their 50 mile hike!

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