One boy’s challenge to visit every fire station in the UK comes to Norfolk

Andrew Impey is in the process of trying to visit every Fire Station in the UK - Here is Andrew at t

Andrew Impey is in the process of trying to visit every Fire Station in the UK - Here is Andrew at the South Lynn Fire Station, the first one he has visited in Norfolk. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A 10-year-old boy who plans to visit all 2,350 fire stations in the UK has a few more under his belt, after spending the weekend in Norfolk.

Andrew Impey, who is autistic but attends a mainstream school, started his tour of the county's stations on Friday at King's Lynn South, which was opened by the Queen a year ago, followed by King's Lynn North and Heacham.

This weekend he plans to visit Watton, Long Stratton, Carrow, Sprowston, the Bowthorpe training centre, Great Yarmouth, Wells, Dereham and Thetford.

He said he really enjoyed visiting King's Lynn South, which was his 468th station, and his mother Kirstine, from Wymering, in Hampshire, said: 'Andrew has had a fascination with the fire service since 2014, when he visited his local station. He has put together a 300-page book covering all fire stations.'

She said she had noticed a huge difference in her son since they started on the tour 14 months ago.

'He never had an interest before. The fire service magazine taught him to read.

'He was given so many that he thought he had to learn,' she said.

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Operational support officer Mick Whitby said: 'I was really impressed with his technical knowledge. He was showing us round our own fire station. 'He spotted the photos on the wall from the Queen's visit.'

The youngster is also using the tour to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity and to promote awareness of autism. Visit Andrew's #OneLadsChallenge on Twitter.

•Do you know a youngster with an extraordinary challenge ahead of them? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk