Fundraiser for The Fire Fighters Charity in Hartley Wintney

With his family having given over 100 years of cumulative service to Hartley Wintney Fire Station, local Hartley Wintney resident Colin Charlton has taken on an arduous and demanding year-long walking challenge to raise funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.

 

The Fire Fighters Charity offer support to any firefighter, active or retired, throughout their lifetime, as well as offering support for their family. Colin, 52, took on an incredible challenge of walking 2022 miles in 2022; that’s just over 5.5 miles a day for 365 consecutive days, in order to raise money for the incredibly-worthy charity.

 

Colin’s father David Charlton spent over 25 years in service at Hartley Wintney Fire Station, alongside his uncle Graham Bartlett and cousins David and Steve Bartlett, who have all spent over 25 years each at Hartley Wintney, helping define a legacy of firefighters in the family.

 

We caught up with Colin to find out a little more about his challenge, of which he set a target of raising £2,022, already smashing this at just over £3,000, having walked 1,400 miles of his 2022-mile target.

 

“My dad has a couple of health issues now and going forward The Fire Fighters Charity has said they are there to support and help us. I’m fully aware of the commitment this job takes and the sacrifices people make, it’s a part time station and they are doing this on top of their day jobs.

“With what’s going on with my dad and understanding what the charity do, like offering advice, physically supporting people or offering respite breaks. I thought I might not have done the service, but I can go and raise some money.”

 

Colin has been a keen walker for some time, but in the last couple of years with COVID and the lockdowns realised the incredible benefit it can have not just physically but mentally. Colin decided on the 2022 miles after completing a similar 1000 mile challenge in a walking magazine, but wanted to provide a unique, catchy way of raising money, hence the ‘2022 in 2022’.

 

As well as the target of £2,022, Colin set himself a personal target of walking every single day of 2022, and has only fallen short of four days, missing them in January but has currently walked for  180 consecutive days.

 

In support of Colin, Hartley Wintney Fire Station recently held a few events which you might have spotted the local fundraiser at, smashing out a half marathon on a treadmill in the high street in around three hours and welcoming donations from the generous public.

 

To find out more and donate to Colin’s year-long fundraiser, make your way over to his JustGiving page. Find out more about The Fire Fighters Charity here, and more about Hartley Wintney Fire Station here.

by Callum Knowles

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