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GORTON and Moss Side firefighters are gearing up for a gruelling 24 kilometre load bearing charity hike over the Pen y Fan Mountain.
The Fan Dance will see firefighters carry a 30 pound pack over the biggest mountain in the Brecon Beacons in aid of The Manchester Children’s Burns Camp.
Training has already begun over Winter Hill and Pendle Hill, with further hikes planned over Scafell Pike and Snowdonia in anticipation of the race on July 7.
The event is infamous for being one of the world’s oldest Special Forces tests and considered the yardstick of a soldier’s potential to pass the SAS selection course.
Manchester Children’s Burns Camp is an initiative which gives children who have been injured in fires an opportunity to meet others with similar experiences.
The two five day annual camps run by firefighters, nurses, psychologists and volunteers aim to build the children’s confidence and allow them to have fun without worrying about their scars.
Activities at the Lake District based outdoor centre include archery, caving, rock and mountain climbing, swimming, abseiling, horse riding and canoeing in Lake Windermere.
The firefighters are hoping to raise £3,000 for the camp and have set up a JustGiving page.
Two other events to mirror The Fan Dance using treadmills are being arranged for The Trafford Centre and The Printworks later in the year.
You can donate to the JustGiving page set up for the event HERE.