Barcombe firefighter raises nearly £2,000 for Help for Heroes

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LOCAL firefighter Peter Lilley, 50, from Barcombe, has raised a remarkable £1,950 for Help for Heroes by walking continuously from dawn until dusk around the village.

A raffle at The Royal Oak raised £500, with prizes donated by local businesses. A cake sale raised £300 and the sale of wrist bands in Barcombe Stores and Intersport, Lewes, raised a further £400. Peter was never alone on his marathon trek, being supported by fellow firefighters, friends and family throughout the day.

On the final lap he was joined by around 20 walkers and escorted by the fire appliance to a large crowd outside the pub.

He walked a total of more than 44 miles, completing 17 laps off the 2.6 mile circuit between 5am and 9pm. Peter commented: “Hard work and fantastic support by all those involved made the day.”

Help for Heroes was founded in 2007 to help the wounded servicemen and women returning from Afghanistan and Iraq and provides direct, practical support to those injured in the conflicts.