A RETIRED firefighter is gearing up for a 1,100-mile charity walk from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Gary Williamson, a firefighter for more than 30 years, is hoping to raise £10,000 to split equally between The Fire Fighters Charity and Cancer Research.

The 58-year-old said: "My hope is that by giving up my time, I can encourage others to consider these two important charities and make a contribution to assist the dedicated individuals working on all our behalf."

Gary's planning to walk the 1,100 miles in four stages, setting off on Friday.

Stewart Nicholson, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, added: "This is a great undertaking, something that Gary was passionate about while he was a firefighter, both walking and raising money for the charity.

"We are grateful that Gary has decided to take on this huge task even though he has been retired for six years, it just goes to show that he is still part of the fire service community and we offer him all our support."