December 10 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Four north Norfolk men have swapped the coastal breeze for the searing heat of the African desert to raise thousands of pounds for the Firefighters Charity.
Adam Babbage, 28, Tim Love, 38, and Daryl Harrod, 23, all retained firefighters from Cromer, and school friend Nathan Goff, 28, from Metton, are currently tackling a 141km trek through Namibia.
They were due to start the walk today (Sunday) and are part of a group of 11 people from across Britain who are mainly firefighters. They hope to finish it by Saturday October 5.
The Firefighters Charity raises money for injured firefighters and their families.
Mr Babbage, from Mill Road, Cromer, said: “It should be fun because I have never done anything like this before. I’m quite excited.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the wildlife and it will be a great atmosphere.”
Mr Babbage, has been a retained firefighter for six years and works from the Sheringham station in the day and Cromer station at night.
When he is not tackling fires he works at the Priory Maze and Gardens attraction in Sheringham, owned by his family.
“Being a firefighter myself, I know if I need their help they will be there. I wanted to raise the profile of the charity,” Mr Babbage added.
He had to raise £3,000 to take part in the challenge and has taken part in previous fund-raisers for the national charity.
Mr Babbage, Mr Love and Mr Harrod ran the 5k Tunnel to Towers event in New York in 2011. It was held in memory of the 9/11 tragedy.
The Namibia trek will start at the dry river bed of the Ugab, will continue through the Damaraland region, go past the Brandberg Mountain, and will finish on the Skeleton Coast.
Temperatures will reach above 30C in the day and will drop to below freezing at night. The group will camp at night.
To donate visit www.justgiving.com/adambabbage; www.justgiving.com/Nathan-Goff; www.justgiving.com/Daryl-harrod; or www.justgiving.com/Tim-Love-Namibia2013.