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Former Hampshire firefighter "overwhelmed" at reaching £40,000 fundraising target

Picture credits: Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service

A former Hampshire Fire & Rescue firefighter has said he's "overwhelmed" after reaching a £40,000 fundraising target in aid of a leukaemia charity.

Andy Piller, who's 39, set the target after his best friend, Richard Williams passed away from the illness back in 2010, aged just 29.

Andy then decided to try and raise £40,000, by the time he turned 40 in September 2020.

He's since smashed that figure by over £2,500 with three months to spare.

As part of his fundraising efforts, Andy's completed the London Marathon, became an Ironman and finished a seven-day triathlon from Loch Ness to Richmond.

In total, his efforts have seen him cover nearly 8,000 miles.

Andy said:

"I am overwhelmed with the support I have received and to have exceeded the £40k target with four months to spare.

"I want to say the biggest thank you to all my friends and colleagues that have supported me throughout these tough, crazy amazing years.

"The support from HFRS throughout the entire route was incredible and I’ll never forget that.

“Thank you everyone. It’s been a rollercoaster experiencing all these emotions, you have been just the best and I love you all.”

Andy - who was a station manager in Southampton - will his fundraising efforts go towards the charity "Leukaemia Busters", which support research into developing treatments for leukaemia patients.

(Andy's fundraising efforts are going towards the Leukaemia Buster charity. Picture credits: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service)

You can still donate to Andy's fundraiser by clicking here.

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