Littleport on-call fire station beats others in region to claim 'Best Fundraiser' award
PUBLISHED: 13:57 20 May 2017
The on-call team at Littleport fire station has won a trophy for raising the most money for The Fire Fighters Charity in its Christmas fundraising challenge.
On-call firefighters at the station were presented with a trophy and chocolate hamper by The Fire Fighters Charity for raising £1,400 during their Christmas bingo event last year.
They were told their money will make it possible for an injured firefighter to attend a week’s rehabilitation and return to work sooner, as well as being fitter and healthier.
Watch commander Clive Allen, from Littleport Fire Station, thanked all the local businesses who have been supporting their Christmas bingo event for a number of years.
He said around 50 businesses regularly donate to the event, which is held at the village hall, as well as other donations from members of the public.
WC Allen said he was incredibly proud of the station’s achievement: “The station has been running this event for over 40 years which has become a firm favourite in people’s calendars.
“This event has raised many thousands of pounds for the charity over the years and I can’t thank the local businesses enough for their overwhelming generosity in donating all of the prizes year on year which makes this such a successful event.
“To win this award was a surprise and an honour to be recognised for the work our small station does for the charity.”
Laura Harden, regional fundraising officer for The Fire Fighters Charity, said: “It means so much to us and our beneficiaries that the community choose to give something back in this way and we’re hugely appreciative of theirs and the station’s support.”
Group commander Gary Mitchley, from Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This is another great example of the commitment and team work from an on-call station.
“These on-call firefighters not only give up their time to respond to operational incidents they also support great events like this.”
On-call firefighters have to be aged 18 and over, have a good level of all-round fitness and live or work within a five minute travel time of an on-call fire station.
To find out more about becoming an on-call firefighter, visit www.cambsfire.gov.uk/on-call-firefighter.aspx