Andrew Dane wants to see every fire station in the country to raise money for charity
A young boy who is on a mission to visit every fire station in the country has arrived in Merseyside to add another 25 to his list.
Andrew Dane from Portsmouth, who is autistic, began his journey in February 2015 and has since visited 865 stations, including every station in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Sussex, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Shropshire, Suffolk, Cheshire, Cleveland, Tyne & Wear, Cumbria and County Durham.
He has also visited stations in Copenhagen, Denmark and raised a staggering £1,700 on his journey so far for the Fire Fighters Charity, as well as raising awareness about autism.
The 10-year-old has come to Merseyside with his mum Kirstine and will spend the next three days visiting all 25 fire stations in Liverpool, Sefton, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens.
His visit will include a tour of the fire service’s Marine Rescue Unit and meetings with Chief Fire Officer, Dan Stephens and Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Phill Garrigan.
He said: “Two years ago I could not read or write, I had very poor social skills and I struggled to communicate with people I didn’t know.
“Through my fire station journey and support from my new school I’ve now learned to read and write, I’ve become outgoing and I communicate well – especially with firefighters and support personnel.
“I have had a fascination with the fire service for quite a few years and I’m on a mission to visit as many fire stations as I can.
“During my visits I have met many firefighters who have been injured and received help and support from The Fire Fighters Charity. This has made me want to help too and I am now raising money for the charity.
“Also on my journey I have raised awareness about autism and told lots of people that the fire services do so much more than just fighting fires.”
Andrew will also be given demonstrations by the fire service Search and Rescue Team, Marine Rescue Team and Urban Search and Rescue Dog Team.
To read more about Andrew and his journey visit http://andrewdane.thisistap.com/ or follow @andrewdaneuk on Twitter
You can sponsor Andrew at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/oneladschallenge
For more information about The Fire Fighters Charity visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk
Original source: Liverpool Echo