On-call firefighters raise nearly £5000 for The Fire Fighters Charity this Christmas

Throughout December on-call firefighters across the county have been getting in the festive spirit and raising money for charity as part of their annual Christmas sleigh rides.

With the help of friends, family and volunteers, crews at Yaxley, Linton and Thorney have organised sleigh rides and Christmas visits to raise £4,899 for The Fire Fighters Charity, a national charity that supports the everyday heroes of the UK fire community.

Yaxley Christmas sleigh ride 2017The annual Yaxley Christmas ride raised an impressive £3349 in just five days. The ride has been a Christmas tradition for many, and is now in its 45th year. Throughout the week the on-call crew, joined by their friends and family, escorted Santa Claus around the village spreading festive cheer to the local community. They finished the week with a special visit with a fire engine to Dobbies Garden Centre in Hampton.

Crew commander and event organiser Jamie Bovington said:

“Thank you to everyone who came out to support the event, and to all the volunteers who help make it happen every year. A big thanks to Far Away Art Yaxley and Dobbies Garden Centre, Hampton for their support. We’re delighted to have raised over £3000, which will go towards to fantastic work of the Fire Fighters Charity.”

Linton on-call sleigh ride 2017 On Friday (15) and Saturday (16) Linton Fire Station held their annual sleigh ride, walking Santa through the streets of Linton, and raised over £650.

Commenting on the weekend’s festivities, Crew Commander Jack Anderson said: “Thank you all for giving so generously over the weekend. Thank you to all the crew, our extra helpers and all the wonderful people in the village who supported the event.  Merry Christmas to all!”

On-call Thorney Christmas sleigh ride 2017On Sunday (17) on-call firefighters from Thorney held their annual event for children and families in the local community. They raised over £900 on the day as and they took Santa around the village.

As well as doing a collection on their rounds they also spread the word about on-call recruitment, encouraging others to consider joining the on-call service at Thorney.

Station Commander Gavin Hammond commented: “Thanks to all those that gave their time and support to make the event an enjoyable success once again.”

As well as the on-call fire station Christmas sleigh rides, firefighters at Cambridge Fire Station took part in a charity Fire Engine Pull at Mill Road Winter Fair in Cambridge on Saturday (2), raising an additional £400 for the charity.