Portsmouth boy, 10, continues fire station challenge

Andrew Impey (10) stops at Heacham Fire Station on his mission to visit every Station in the land. Greeting him is Watch Manager Barry Rudd with Back LtoR, Firefighters Leesa Espley, Damon Heffer, Chris Wood and Borough Mayor and Mayoress Colin and Julie Manning. ANL-160221-212234009
Andrew Impey (10) stops at Heacham Fire Station on his mission to visit every Station in the land. Greeting him is Watch Manager Barry Rudd with Back LtoR, Firefighters Leesa Espley, Damon Heffer, Chris Wood and Borough Mayor and Mayoress Colin and Julie Manning. ANL-160221-212234009

A ten-year-old boy from Portsmouth is well on his way through a huge challenge to visit every fire station in the United Kingdom.

On Friday, Andrew Impey, who is raising money for The Fire Fighters Charity and promoting awareness of autism, visited Heacham Fire Station - number 470 in his book of 2, 350 to visit.

His parents Kirstine and Paul have already clocked up thousands of miles in an effort to help their son fulfill his quest.

Mrs Impey, who started the half-term week taking Andrew to visit fire stations in South Wales before travelling across to Norfolk, said: “Andrew is crazy about the fire service.

“He spends all his time on it. All he wants to do is visit the fire stations and talk to fire fighters.”

After leaving Heacham, Andrew went on to visit another 31 fire stations across Norfolk over the weekend.

Eighteen months ago Andrew, who lives with autism, could not read or write, struggled with maths, had poor social skills and found it very difficult to communicate with new people.

After first visiting Havant Fire Station in December 2014 to meet the firefighters and have a look around, he hasn’t looked back.

Since then, he has embarked on a journey to visit every fire station in the UK, and along the way has taught himself to read and write.

This inspired him to set up his own Twitter account to document his journey, and has vastly improved his social skills.

You can follow his journey on Twitter at @AndrewDaneUK