A FIREFIGHTER has raised £4,071.66 for injured Royal Marines through a series of fundraising events, including a 100-mile bike ride across Somerset.

Tam McFarlane, who has served at Taunton Fire Station since leaving Norton Manor Camp-based 40 Commando, joined in the nationwide 1664 campaign for the Royal Marines Charity - named after the year the marines were formed.

Tam said he had wanted to give something back to the Royal Marines, especially young ones wounded in recent conflicts.

He said: "I'm very proud of my service and my association with the Royal Marines, but I served at a time when injury and death was uncommon and I've gone on to have a fantastic career in Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

"Many of this last generation of young Marines have not been so fortunate and have suffered life changing injuries that will require lifelong support.

"Also, many families have lost dads, husbands and sons. They need and deserve our support.

"I was very pleased to take up the challenge and want to thank everyone who helped me, especially the staff and regulars at the Ruishton Inn who did so much to help me raise money.

"I hope that all the lads who have been injured will see this and understand how much support they have in local communities and how proud we all are of of their service."

Jo Whitwood, from The Royal Marines Charity, said: "This was a fantastic effort and I want to thank Tam and everyone who helped him raise this large amount of money.

"The Royal Marines Charity exists to help the entire Royal Marines family and we rely on donations in order to offer a range of vital services to both serving Royal Marines, veterans and their families.

"Every penny counts and this money will go a long way to helping people who have served their country and now need our help."