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Last Updated: Monday, 23 August, 2004, 11:36 GMT 12:36 UK
Fire crews battle out boat race
The firefighters admit most of them have never been in a boat before
Firefighters from Cambridgeshire have beaten colleagues from Oxfordshire in an alternative boat race on the Thames.

The rowing contest was held in memory of firefighter Steve Vermeulen, who died last year of a brain tumour.

The race brought the total raised for Sobell House Hospice - which supported Mr Vermeulen and his family throughout his illness - to more than 3,600.

Cambridgeshire won by a quarter of a length in the race which was part of the Oxford City Royal Regatta.


Paul Oakey, from Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "It would have been nice if we'd won the race but we're pleased to have raised so much money for the charity that played such a vital role in Steve's life.

"Cambridgeshire Fire Service has invited us back next July for a rematch during their regatta and we hope that this will become an annual fundraising event at alternate venues.

"In the meantime, we will be finding other ways to raise money for Sobell House and hope that people will keep donating as much as they can. "

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