On-call station beats others in region to claim 'Best Fundraiser' award

A small on-call fire station in Cambridgeshire has won a trophy for raising the most money for The Fire Fighters Charity in its Christmas fundraising challenge.

Littleport Station raised an impressive £1,400 in December last year (2016) as part of their annual Christmas Bingo event.

Proceeds from the event went to The Fire Fighters Charity, as part of its Christmas Fundraising Challenge launched last year, and meant the station beat other stations across the whole of the East Anglian region.

On-call firefighters at the station were presented with a trophy and chocolate hamper by The Fire Fighters Charity and 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, healthier and happier.

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, whch is held at the village hall, as well as other private 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: “Fire stations and crews consistently raise funds for our Charity, but it really is a huge achievement for a small on-call station to raise this amount of money year on year with support from their local community. 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, click here.