One Lads Challenge
A nine-year-old boy from Portsmouth has embarked on an inspired challenge in aid of two causes close to his heart.
Only 18 months ago, Andrew Impey, who lives with autism, could not read or write, struggled with maths, had poor social skills and found it very difficult to communicate with new people.
Having always loved the fire service, he visited Havant Fire Station in December 2014 to meet the firefighters and have a look around.
Since then, he has set off to visit every fire station in the UK, while raising funds for The Fire Fighters Charity and promoting awareness of autism.
Along the way has taught himself to read and write, set up his own Twitter account to document his journey, and vastly improved his social skills.
Upon completing all the fire stations and service headquarters in Hampshire, Andrew was presented with an award by Andy Bowers, assistant chief fire officer of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, who said: “The work Andrew is doing to raise the profile of the diverse work that the fire service does in the UK and to raise awareness of autism, not to mention raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity, is incredibly valuable and appreciated by every firefighter in Hampshire and, I’m sure, across the country.
“I wish Andrew the best of luck with the rest of his journey and look forward to hearing more about his travels in the coming months.”
Find out more and follow Andrew’s challenge on Twitter @AndrewDaneUK #oneladschallenge and to donate, text OLCA99 £2 to 70070 or go to www.justgiving.com/firefighterscharity