Fatigued fire fighters were given a heroes welcome when they returned to Ealand on Sunday after 70 miles of rowing to raise vital charity cash.
The six, part-time crew, from Crowle station, had set off from Skipton on Friday in a kayak-style vessel they had made themselves for the journey down the Aire and Calder, Leeds Liverpool and Stainforth and Keadby canals on their mammoth row to raise funds for Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe.
Calling themselves Team Jive, they were welcomed back to Ealand on Sunday evening by family and friends and Crowle Town Mayor, Coun Paul McCartan, who has championed their cause since its inception and who was full of praise after their three-day martathon.
He said: “This was a tough challenge and not something I would choose to do. I admire their efforts. This is the second year they have accomplished this. As they went along in their self-made raft complete with a blue flashing light and siren, they collected cash. They don’t know yet exactly how much they have raised.”
The intrepid team overcame all weathers as they travelled from Skipton via BIngley and Leeds and, after each hard days paddling, they had to set up camp. The burned out team found it an exhausting few days but said they had enjoyed the experience and thanked everyone who had shown their support. They said wellwishers along the route had given them a welcome morale boost especially when reaching some of the many locks.
Despite their efforts they found time to post thank you messages and a brief progress report on Facebook.
Coun McCartan added: “I would like to give huge congratulations to the team. They have raised money for a fantastic cause and give a great boost to Lindsey Lodge Hospice.”
Lindsey Lodge Hospice cares for and supports hundreds of patients and their families from the North Lincolnshire area and caters for those with life limiting conditions such as cancer.
Hospice care is provided free of charge, but is not free of cost and relies heavily on the generosity of the community to keep running.
Coun McCartan said: “Although the challenge is over there is still time to show your support and make a donation through http://www.justgiving.com/Rick-Draper website.”