Few people can say they have both helped save lives and change them but Spalding fireman Sam Pick certainly can.
Sam (45), of Cley Hall Drive, was one of ten crew members from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service to take on a King’s Lynn to Paris cycle ride in aid of injured soldiers’ charity Help for Heroes and The Firefighter’s Charity.
The team is on course to raise at least £5,000 after its epic Tower to Tower bike ride which left some Parisians thinking they were watching the real Tour de France.
Sam said: “We wore the same cycling tops that real cyclists wear and everybody we met in Paris thought we were part of the Tour de France bike race.
“So many people were asking for photos of us and I was really pleased that we did it.”
A former soldier in the Seventh Parachute Regiment, Sam became a fireman 15 years ago but wanted to help charities supporting both occupations.
He said: “We called it the Tower to Tower cycle ride because it went from the drill tower at King’s Lynn Fire Station to the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
“However, we couldn’t do the whole trip in one go because we had to do it between our shifts, so we cycled the equivalent mileage between King’s Lynn and London to raise extra money.
“Then we rode from London to Paris in three days, with French firemen riding with us for the last 90 miles from the city of Amiens to Paris before taking us out for a meal and letting us stay overnight at the central fire station in Paris.”
If you want to sponsor Sam, visit www.justgiving.com/NFRSLondon2Paris 2013