Andrew Impey tackles #OneLadsChallenge in Warwickshire

Andrew Impey (third from left) receives plaque from Station Commander Keith Gilkes and Stratford fire crew. (from left to right): Adrian Cund, Simon Guard, Andrew Impey, Keith Gilkes, Graham Beck, Mick Plum and Jo Fearnley.

A boy from Portsmouth, Hampshire has been fulfilling his #oneladschallenge to visit as many fire stations as he can with a tour of several Warwickshire fire stations.

This was Andrew Impey’s second visit to the county, having previously visited a number of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services (WFRS) fire stations, including Kenilworth, Rugby and Leamington.

To assist Andrew with his challenge Firefighter Rachel Streeting, a Warwickshire representative of the Fire Fighters Charity, accompanied Andrew and his mother Kirstine on a tour of the county to ensure no time was wasted. Beginning in south Warwickshire, the first stop was Stratford Fire Station before they moved on to Alcester and then Gaydon. Andrew then went to the north of the county, visiting Bedworth, Nuneaton, Coleshill and finishing at Atherstone station.

Andrew who lives with autism, could not read or write, struggled with maths and found it difficult to meet new people. Following a visit to Havant Fire Station in December 2014 he taught himself to read and write and set up his own Twitter account.

Using his new found skills and social media presence Andrew decided to see if he could visit every fire station in the UK and the #oneladschallenge was born! He is using his Twitter account to document his journey from Rushmoor as he develops his new found skills.

The #oneladschallenge seeks to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity and raise awareness of autism.

Andrew began his tour on Monday with a presentation given by Station Commander Keith Gilkes of Stratford Fire Station, on behalf of WFRS, to welcome Andrew and wish him good luck on his challenge.

Talking about the visit, Andrew said:

“I really enjoyed my return trip to Warwickshire, it was great to be able to cross off more fire stations from my list. I hope to return soon to see the remaining stations!”

Cllr Howard Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Fire and Community Safety said;

“I’m delighted that Warwickshire Fire Service was able to assist Andrew on making further progress with his #oneladschallenge.

He is a remarkable boy and his commitment to see the challenge through is truly commendable. I wish him all the luck for the future and we hope to see him again soon!”

Both Andrew and Kirstine hope to come back to Warwickshire in the near future to tour the remaining stations. We look forward to welcoming them back!