BRIDPORT firefighters did their bit for charity on Saturday as they pulled a truck to West Bay.

The crew towed the two and a half-ton vehicle across the town to raise money for the Piam Brown unit in Southampton hospital.

The unit is a specialist cancer and leukaemia ward for children where 13-year-old Bridport girl Hannah Foote is being treated after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma last November.

Firefighter Dave Hawkins said: "The event was really good though the weather was against us and that didn't help.

" We raised over £1,000 from collections and with all the sponsorship, we are hoping for £3,500."

The event started at the Mitsubishi garage, where the car-dealing firm lent the crew the use of one of their trucks for the tow as well as a further £500 donation for the cause.

The big pull then continued on to Bucky-Doo Square where collections took place before finishing at West Bay.

In the past, the crew has raised money through sponsored mountaineering, cliff walks and bike rides but now can boast truck pulling to their list of achievements.

Charity fund raiser John McHugh who helped organise the event added: "Much appreciation must go to Southgate, Bridport, and many local businesses for their sponsorship and support."