A CHARITABLE teenager is set to embark on the next stage of his cycling challenge, setting off from Tadley.

Andrew Impey is a regular supporter of the Fire Fighters Charity, having previously cycled for 75 hours to visit 75 fire stations.

In his latest challenge, the 13-year old has got back in the saddle, with the aim of visiting 50 more fire stations, starting off with Tadley Fire Station, in Franklin Avenue.

Andrew, who is autistic, set off from the Tadley station yesterday (Wednesday) and during this leg of his challenge he will see travel across Surrey, ride along the seafront in Hove and Eastbourne, before reaching the coastal towns of Folkestone, Margate and Herne Bay.

He will then cross the River Medway prior to the final stretch up to Dartford, just before the M25.

The teen said: “I love raising money for the fire service. Every year I want to push myself further to help those that put others first.

“I also want to raise awareness for autism and in doing this cycle ride I can do that and visit my friends on fire stations.

“Firefighters are such good role models.”

So fair Andrew has raised more than £3,000 for the charity since starting out on his One Lad’s Challenge in which he aims to visit every fire station in the UK.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service deputy chief fire officer, Andy Bowers, who has supported Andrew’s endeavours and has even ridden alongside him, said: “Andrew really is a part of our fire service family, his passion for the work we do is amazing.

“I know our crews enjoy welcoming Andrew and his family because he does such a great job fundraising for a cause which is close to our hearts.”

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