Erith fire fighters to drive more than 1,000 miles to help colleague’s daughter

PUBLISHED: 18:00 30 May 2014

The three fire fighters will be raising money to help 15-year-old Maia. Picture: Nick Johnson

The three fire fighters will be raising money to help 15-year-old Maia. Picture: Nick Johnson

Three fire fighters will be journeying from South East London to Monte Carlo to raise money to help their colleague’s young daughter.

Their challenge “Monte Carlo 4 Maia” will begin on June 5 and aims to raise money for 15-year-old Maia Harvey, who suffers from a rare life-limiting disease called leukodystrophy, and Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

The team, all from Erith Fire Station Blue Watch, will travel in a car that was purchased for just £200 and transformed from a clapped out Mondeo to a makeshift fire engine, complete with a ladder, flashing lights and a siren.

They will retrace the route made in the film Monte Carlo or Bust and cover a distance of more than 1,500 miles.

Mark Edwards, who will be undertaking the challenge, said: “Maia is a lovely girl and we are hoping to raise lots of money for her and Demelza, where she receives respite care.”

Lee Burnett added: “We hope that companies will donate and people will sponsor us.

“We are looking forward to the challenge and hoping the car stays in one piece, but more importantly we want to raise money for Maia and Demelza.”

Maia’s father Simon served with Erith Blue Watch for 18 years.

For more information or to sponsor Mark, Lee and Pete, please visit To follow the team’s adventures visit @montecarlo4maia.

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Bexley Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Latest from the Bexley Times