Firefighters to make fundraising splash by hosting charity car wash

If you want to make your car sparkle and shine but don’t fancy doing this yourself, our firefighters can lend a helping hand…all for charity.

Desborough and Corby Fire Stations will be hosting Covid-secure car washes this month to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.

These will take place on the following dates:

• October 4, between 10am and 1pm, at Desborough Fire Station in King Street.

• October 10, 10am – 4pm at Corby Fire Station in Phoenix Park Way.

Please note, visitors to these car washes will need to remain in their car and there is no access to members of the public entering on foot, due to current restrictions.

The public should be assured that Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service has been liaising with Public Health to ensure these events meet the requirements of current Covid-19 legislation.

The Fire Fighters Charity is currently running a National Car Wash campaign with fire stations across the country in a bid to raise funds for its vital work.

The Fire Fighters Charity has been supporting the fire services community for 75 years. The charity started by supporting bereaved families of firefighters killed during the Blitz and has now evolved into a modern-day service that provides life enhancing health and wellbeing support to the whole fire community.

Firmly established on the fire and rescue service calendar, the National Car Wash is the charity’s largest national fundraising event of the year.

Desborough Crew Commander Adam O’Brien said: “The work of The Fire Fighters Charity, in helping support the wellbeing of injured or sick firefighters and their families, is so important and fundraising has been tough for many charities this year, with covid-19 restrictions.

“We have risk assessed the event in accordance with advice kindly provided by Public Health and will be maintaining Covid-secure procedures throughout to protect the crew and the public.

“Firefighters were only too pleased to host what we hope will be busy events to raise money for such a worthwhile cause. We hope to see lots of people driving through and we will do our very best to make their cars sparkling clean!”

Corby Watch Commander Craig Douglas said: “We are really proud to raise this money for such a worthy cause. The Fire Fighters Charity is vital in helping Fire Service personnel not only with their physical recovery following an injury but also their mental health through incidents we attend – so we need to keep doing the best we can to keep their work going.”

Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, Dr Jill Tolfrey, said: “The National Car Wash provides a vital source of income for the Charity, as well as being a fun and popular event. It costs £8.5million a year to keep The Fire Fighters Charity running – and with no regular government funding, we rely completely on your donations and goodwill.”

All donations will go to The Fire Fighters Charity. For other ways to donate, see: https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/donate

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