Being a firefighter is not just about putting out fires and cutting people out of cars.

Our team try top make a difference and improve the community whenever they can.

This was the aim of 23 fundraising fighters who took on the daring Cockleshell Challenge through the Gironde estuary into Bordeaux making the same stops as the original British commandos who made the daring raid during WW2.

The group were welcomed by French firefighters and dignitaries as they travelled the gruelling 90-mile journey in two-man kayaks.

Only two of the 10 Southsea-based Cockleshell Heroes who took part in the operation survived after infiltrating Nazi-controlled Bordeaux and attaching mines to the hulls of German ships carrying war supplies.

Operation Frankton was considered one of the most daring operations of the war and Winston Churchill said it shortened the conflict by six months.

Money raised will be split between The Fire Fighters Charity, the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Special Boat Service Association.

Donations can still be made on the Virgin Money Giving site.