FIREFIGHTERS from Corringham Fire Station raised more than £2,000 to help local boy Reece Walker’s achieve his dreams of walking unaided.
The crew pulled the fire engine more than five miles from the station in Corringham to the centre of neighbouring Stanford-le-Hope collecting money all the way. In total the crew have already raised £2,310 with more sponsorship money yet to be collected.
Three-year-old Reece, who has Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy – which means the muscles in his legs are painfully preventing him from walking – is due to travel to Missouri, USA, to undergo the operation that will eventually enable him to walk and run with his friends independently for the first time.
Firefighter Tom Side, who organised the event, said: “It was a really, really good day and we were taken aback at how generous people were.
“Not only did they sponsor us but people were donating money all the way round, putting coins and notes in our helmets as we pulled the engine along the route.
“Reece was there and he walked with us as much as he could and even spent some time sitting in the cab of the fire engine we were pulling.
“We had a crowd of around 70 people at the station to see us off and about half of them came the whole way cheering us on.
“It was hard work pulling the fire engine along but when we found out how much money we had raised it was worth it and everyone along the route was fantastic.”
If you’d like to donate to the cause, visit: Just Giving page: http://www.justgiving.com/helpreecewalk