Cash and mascot donated at recent St Ives car wash

Firefighters in St Ives raised more than £1,000 at their charity car wash earlier this month (Oct 1).

The event, held at the fire station on Ramsey Road, was part of The Fire Fighters Charity National Car Wash. People were also able to find out about fire safety in the home from the Service’s community safety officers as well as information about becoming an on-call firefighter.

Watch Commander Phil Thacker said: “We had a steady flow of vehicles throughout the day and raised a total of £1,068, so I must say a big thank you to everyone that came along and supported us.”

The Gateway Scout group, who was there selling cakes, also raised around £170 for Water Aid UK.

A donation of a different kind was also made to the station at the event, as Watch Commander Thacker explained: “We now have a lucky mascot for the fire engine after a generous member of the public donated a fire bear from New York. We let the scouts pull names out of a hat to name him, so Barry now sits in the middle of the engine with us."

While cleaning cars, firefighters spoke to residents about being an on-call firefighter in a bid to sign up some new recruits.

Sam Sanderson, On-Call Recruitment Officer, said: “More on-call firefighters are needed to swell the ranks at our St. Ives Fire Station. We spoke to some people on the day but I would encourage everyone who lives or works within five minutes of the Ramsey Road station to consider taking up the role to help out their community.”

To find out more about being an on-call firefighter look on www.cambsfire.gov.uk