TWO firemen have raised about £2,000 for good causes in memory of a former colleague from South Tyneside.
Peter Metcalfe, of West Boldon, died in 2012, aged 35 – just weeks after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.
Since the death of Mr Metcalfe, who was a crew member at Hebburn fire station, colleagues have launched a series of fundraising efforts in his honour.
Tom Robson and Paul Harkness, who work at Peterlee Fire Station, took part in the physically demanding Strongarm Challenge as part of those efforts.
The four-day endurance test in the Lake District comprised of arduous swims, cycle rides and runs, and the pair raised about £2,000 in memory of Mr Metcalfe.
Collectively, with around 20 other firefighters, mainly from the Tyne and Wear area, the total stands at more than £20,000.
Mr Harkness, 24, of Peterlee Fire Station’s Green Watch, said: “It was a great experience and a whole team effort. It was a very tough event. Even though you have to keep a level of fitness as a firefighter, this was taking it to another level.”
The money raised will be divided between The Fire Fighters Charity, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Sir Ranulph Fiennes Centre.
Last year, a 27-strong team took part in the StrongArm Challenge in Mr Metcalfe’s honour, and raised £27,500 for the Fire Fighters’ Charity and children’s charity the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Mr Metcalfe’s brothers, Warren and Ian, also got involved in fundraising, holding a golf event at Boldon Golf Club last May.
Peter’s wife Angela, married him just two days before his death, and mother Kathleen, also planted an oak tree in his honour on the day.