Firefighters go on charity challenge

Firefighters taking on the Tough Mudder challenge.
Firefighters taking on the Tough Mudder challenge.
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A team of four firefighters from Northumberland are preparing to take on a physical challenge to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

John Wright, Craig Ducat, Scott Ruddick and Andy Davison, who work for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service, will take on the Midlands Tough Mudder at Boughton House in May to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity.

Station manager at West Hartford Community Fire Station, John Wright, said: “David Smart, my future son-in-law, has been diagnosed with a rare type of brain tumour.

“This type of illness has a profound effect on all the family.

“He has had major brain surgery and has recovered well but the overall prognosis is devastating as there is currently no cure for this type of cancer.

“Inspired by his wonderful fiancée Claire and her friends, who completed the Yorkshire Tough Mudder last year, raising more than £3,300, we have decided to give it a go and see what we can do.”

We have decided to give it a go and see what we can do

John Wright

The Tough Mudder is a team-orientated challenge, that involves a 12-mile run with various obstacles at each half mile designed to test physical strength and mental grit and determination.

The team will take on the challenge in Kettering, Northamptonshire, on Saturday, May 30.

Anyone who would like to donate to the firefighters’ cause, can do so at or can text KNEE69 and the amount to 70070.