East Devon firefighters’ 160-mile challenge for a disabled Axminster tot keen to take his first steps

Firefighters from East Devon are gearing up to walk 160 miles for a brain damaged Axminster tot keen to take his first steps.

Axminster firefighter Josh Moore, and his fiancé Sammy, are raising funds for their tot, Idris, who has Cerebral Palsy with Spastic Diplegia, after he was born brain damaged at 30 weeks following a traumatic birth.

Josh’s East Devon firefighting pals from Axminster Fire Station will set off on Thursday, July 6, stopping at 20 neighbouring fire stations along the way, as they walk from Plymouth to Frome in a four-day challenge wearing full fire kits and breathing apparatus – beginning at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s (DSFRS) most southern base and walking up to the most northern site.

Fund raised through an online donation page will help pay for essential mobility equipment and physiotherapy for youngster Idris, in the hope he can one day take his first steps.

A walk spokesperson said: “Idris is unable to stand unaided, walk or transition from different levels on his own.

“Josh and Sammy’s aim is to work on building his leg strength so that he gains the skills to eventually be able to use a walking aid.

“In order to make this aim a reality, Idris needs specialist equipment and additional physiotherapy sessions.”

The Axminster and East Devon firefighters will be joined by a host of crew from other stations across Devon and Somerset, in a bid to bring independence for Idris.

During the challenge, the firefighters plan to walk to fire stations across two counties, ending at Frome, in Somerset, after trekking more than 50 miles to cross the finish line.

On day one of the challenge the firefighters will visit stations at Camels Head, Greenbank, Plymstock, Plympton, Ivybridge, Totnes and Paignton, all in Devon.

Planned for day two of the walk are stops at fire stations in  Paignton, Torquay, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth, Dawlish, Middlemoor and fire service headquarters, at Clyst St George, near Exeter.

East Devon fire stations in Sidmouth, Seaton, Colyton, Axminster, plus Chard, in Somerset, have been earmarked for visits on day three of the challenge.

To finish the walk, the firefighters will stop at Ilminster, Martock, Somerton, Street, Glastonbury, Wells, Shepton Mallet, ending the challenge at Frome fire station.

To find out more, or to donate to the 160 mile walk for Idris, see here.

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