Firefighters raise cash to help children with life-limiting conditions

Firefighters from Avonmouth, Bedminster, Patchway and Temple fire stations have been pounding the pavements in the run up to Christmas to raise money for the Children’s Hospice South West, based in North Somerset.

Firefighter with child and hoseEvery Friday and Saturday throughout December crews from the stations were shaking buckets in Bristol’s Cabot Circus shopping centre in aid of the charity. They also used the opportunity to talk to shoppers about fire safety and make appointments to visit homes to provide information on reducing the risk of fire.

During the collections firefighters raised £5,000 for the charity and will be presenting it to the team at Charlton Farm, Wraxhall, on Wednesday 26 January at 11.30am.

Red Watch Manager at Avonmouth Fire Station, Gareth Lloyd, who organised the collections, said: “We wanted to do something to help this extremely worthwhile cause and we were truly amazed by the generosity of members of the public. We know money is tight for many people right now, yet they were still willing to help others.

“Many of the shoppers were also keen to talk about fire safety, with only a few aware of the importance of working smoke alarms. These act as an early warning sign that a fire has broken out and can given occupants vital extra minutes to escape, especially at night.

“I would like to thank everyone who donated money to this great charity and helped us reach our £5,000 target.”

Karen Edgington, Head of Fundraising for Charlton Farm, said: “We are delighted that Avon Fire & Rescue Service has chosen to support Children’s Hospice South West with their bucket collecting. The money raised will go to support the vital work we do in the care of life-limited children across the South West. What a thrill for the families to have a visit from the firefighters too.”