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Amy from Wakefield sets out on epic world trip
The crew members taking part in a charity
The crew members and their fire truck

Amy Harpin from Wakefield is helping her boyfriend realise his dream of raising money for charity by joining him on a worldwide journey - in a fire engine.

Amy is joining Steve Moore on this epic journey with twenty other intrepid travellers.

It's hoped the mission will raise thousands of pounds for charity.

The team are also hoping to achieve Guinness World Record status, for the longest continuous trip in a fire engine - a record never before attempted.

They will be leaving the UK for their global mission later this summer on a 26,000-mile mission around the world covering 28 countries over nine months.

The three charities they are supporting are Macmillan Cancer Support, The Fire Fighters Charity and The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation.

It's certainly a challenge and it will be one of the hardest things we've all ever done, but it will be worth it
Amy Harpin, crew member

Follow That Fire Engine is dedicated to the memory of Garth Moore, who passed away on 18th July 2009 at the age of 63 after a brave battle with lung cancer. Coincidently that is the day the crew will set of on their mammoth task.

Garth was a firefighter who dedicated his life to saving the lives of others over the course of his 33 years in service. His son, Steve, is Follow That Fire Engine's expedition leader.

Steve says: "This challenge is something my father and I spoke about and planned during his last few months with us.

"To raise money for three charities so close to my family's heart would be a fantastic tribute to my father's memory, and help support others in a similar."

The crew will drive a fire engine an impressive 26,000 miles, covering gruelling terrain, inhospitable territories and in extreme temperature conditions.

Amy says the expedition will be both physically demanding and mentally challenging. Most days the crew will spend over 10 hours on the road.

Crew members from Followthatfire engine
Amy Harpin, centre, with crew members Gemma and James

The crew will be driving a Mercedes 1124 AF. The truck is designed for short, quick journeys. However, the fire engine is not designed for comfort or speed, so it's certain to be a bumpy ride.

Amy explains: "We've been preparing for this trip a long time. All of us taking part are friends. Some will be doing the whole expedition, while others will be joining from other parts of the world.

"It's certainly a challenge and it will be one of the hardest things we've all ever done, but it will be worth it. Garth was my friend, and to do this in his honour is very humbling. He would be very proud of us."

Amy emphasises that all the money raised will go to three charities through the Follow That Fire Engine Charity. Shipping, fuel and living expenses will all be funded by the crew members.

Amy adds: "When Garth passed away we wanted to do something in his memory. We couldn't come up with anything that had been done already so we came up with our own expedition."

Most of the crew members have had to take part in training to drive the vehicle.

Steve says: "We've had to downgrade it. It's called Martha the Mercedes.

"It was still in service. Dorset Fire and Rescue very kindly donated it to us. She's already done 25,000 miles but will be doing a lot more later this year."

For more information on the crew and their journey click here.




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