Firefighters from Clydebank and beyond are preparing for a gruelling 96-mile cycle to raise money for a local hospice.

The team of 12 firefighters from Clydebank, Dumbarton and Helensburgh fire stations will tackle the West Highland Way from Milngavie to Fort William on April 27 in aid of Robin House.

Firefighter Scott Hannah, one of the members of the team, said: “We chose to raise money for Robin House because it’s a local charity and we visit it every quarter.

“We were just down there the other week and they brought a little boy out to see us who is obsessed with firemen.

“It’s heartbreaking to see the children so ill. It’s a big thing and a lot of us are fathers as well.”

The team have been slotting in their training for the challenge around their shifts.

But the two-day cycle over the testing terrain, ranging from country parks to moorlands and mountains, will still put them through their paces, says Scott.

“As firefighters you have to be fit,” he added, “but this is another step up. It’s a different type of fitness.”

“After the training I feel like we’ve kind of underestimated it. It’s going to be challenging.”

But despite a few nerves for the feat ahead, the team are hoping that their efforts will help raise at least £1,000 for Robin House, which is part of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland.

Scott said: “Some of us are more chilled out about it, but I am less so.

“I hope the weather’s going to be okay. It’s bad if it’s raining, and there’s the potential of mechanical breakdowns along the way and needing to fix the bike.

“We’ve been warned about the midges there as well. One stop and for just a few moments and they just descend on you.

“But we’re just looking forward to getting out there and getting started.

“We’re trying to get £1,000 for the charity, it’s a good round figure. But every little helps.

“Donating a little can make a massive difference to little people’s lives.”

Anyone wishing to donate can show their support by visiting the team’s fundraising page.