Firefighters get in a lather as part of UK-wide charity feat

Fire fighters from Stranton Fire Station cleaned cars for donations on Saturday. Pictured are firefighters Darren Brookes (left) and Neil Snowden with motisist Gill Bailey from Rift House.
Fire fighters from Stranton Fire Station cleaned cars for donations on Saturday. Pictured are firefighters Darren Brookes (left) and Neil Snowden with motisist Gill Bailey from Rift House.

FIREFIGHTERS swapped hosing down burning buildings for lathering up cars as part of a nationwide charity drive.

Crew members from Stranton Fire Station, in Hartlepool, took part in a sponsored car wash at the weekend to raise money for The Fire Fighters’ Charity.

The charity, which supports serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families, organised an event called The National Car Wash.

In Hartlepool, 10 Red Watch firefighters washed 24 cars at the Stockton Street station in five hours, raising £173 for the cause.

Crew manager Gary Crawford said: “A big thanks to all the people who turned up and all the crew who took part. The Fire Fighters’ Charity is a fantastic cause to support.”

Fourteen crew members from Stranton’s White Watch took part in a similar event in March, raising £160.50.

The National Car Wash is the charity’s largest national fundraising event of the year, when firefighters throughout the UK wash the nation’s cars in exchange for a donation.

It also gives firefighters the unique opportunity to interact with a large cross-section of their community and promote important community fire safety initiatives.

Last year, the nationwide car wash raised £345,000, which went directly towards helping fire and rescue community members in need of rehabilitation and recuperation treatments.

The charity’s vision is to make a positive difference by supporting people in the fire and rescue community when they are in need. Over the years, the organisation has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals by providing world-class treatment and support services.

It costs £9m a year to keep the charity running, and with no Government funding, it is completely reliant on the generosity and enthusiasm of supporters. Visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk to find out more.