Five firefighters take on Kayak challenge

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The Dreghorn based team will raise money for the Andy Adams Fund

A team of firefighters will raise charity funding for a colleague by rowing 60 miles up the Caledonian Canal - in kayaks.

Ian Simpson, Craig Murphy, Craig Dinwoodie, Stevie Young and John Duddy of the Dreghorn station in Irvine have been training hard.

And they will embark on the charity epic from Fort William on September 5 and arrive at the finish line in Inverness four days later.

The crew - which has a combined 92 years’ service - usually takes on a challenge every year but this is the first time they will take to the water.

It all started after firefighter John suggested kayaking in aid of the Andy Adams fund.

But it hasn’t all been plain sailing.

Crew manager Simpson said: “After a few training sessions we’re now getting the hang of climbing in the kayak without falling back out again!

“But seriously, we have been training hard and we are all at a similar level thanks to some top training and tips from Carrick adventure staff.

“It will be a hard graft but firefighters always work as part of a team and we are looking forward to getting stuck in.”

The team of paddlers will partly fund the trip out of their own pockets.

But they are also being assisted by Morrisons supermarket which is providing vouchers for fresh food, water and drinks - to ensure every penny raised will go towards the Andy Adams fund.

CM Simpson added: “The fire service is one big family and we are determined to raise as much money as possible for the fund.

“Myself and the rest of the crew want to thank the local Morrisons in Troon for their help and support – it has been a huge boost for us.”

Troon Store Manager Gerrard Rooney said: “At Morrisons we are always looking for ways to help the community, this was a perfect opportunity to support local firefighters on their kayaking adventure and help as much as we can.”

The Andy Adams Fund has been created to raise money for the rehabilitation and future needs of firefighter Andy Adams who suffered life changing injuries when a wall collapsed during firefighting operations at an incident in Greenock.

You can give to the fund by visiting

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