Firefighters take on icy challenge

A group of firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are supporting Movember, with a difference.

Instead of joining the thousands of people across the country growing facial hair throughout the month of November, the team from Red Watch at Avonmouth Fire Station will be taking on a gruelling fitness challenge.

Over the 30 days the eight-strong team are running, cycling, rowing, walking or using a stepping machine to cover the distance between Bristol and the North Pole. They will be covering 2,679 miles as part of their ‘Fire to Ice Challenge’ to raise money for the ‘Movember’ Foundation.

Each member of the team will need to cover an average of 10 miles a day, with no rest days. They have already clocked up over 800 miles.

Watch Manager Andy Perry, said: “We wanted to do something to support men’s cancer charities through Movember. We are unable to grow facial hair because it prevents the seal on our breathing apparatus masks from working properly. So we came up with this idea instead.

“This is going to be a tough challenge which we need to continue on the days when we are not at work. It requires a lot of commitment.”

The Movember Foundation aims to raise money to help those suffering from prostate and testicular cancer, as well as poor mental health and physical inactivity.

To find out more about the team and their challenge visit To donate visit or text FICE99 to 70070.