Three charities say thanks for generous firefighters' donations - Peterborough

Firefighters from Yaxley's on-call station handed over £5,000 to three charities following a week of fundraising.

Local representatives from The Fire Fighters Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust and Guide Dogs visited the temporary fire station yesterday (February 1) to collect their equal share of the cash, which was raised by the Yaxley Christmas Ride in December.

Yaxley Crew Commander Jamie Bovington, who organised the event, said: "The crew on station picked these three charities because they all have personal meaning to us in one way or another so it was lovely to welcome their representatives and present them with a cheque.

"This long-standing event would not be a success were it not for the hundreds of people who support us and the dedication of the volunteers who collect on those cold winter nights. A huge thank you from us all!"

The event, which is in its 43rd year, saw firefighters guide a festive sleigh round the village's streets for four nights followed by a day of collecting at Serpentine Green. Each charity was last night presented with £1,654 each.

Laura Harden, East Anglia Fundraising Manager for The Fire Fighters Charity, said: "Thank you so much to Yaxley and the firefighters for this donation. The money you have donated pays for one firefighter to stay at one our three national centres for a whole week to receive the treatment and support they need for whatever injury or illness they are battling."

Judith Anderson, Regional Fundraiser for Teenage Cancer Trust, explained: "Cancer is a hard enough battle for any person and their family to go through but it is thanks to donations like this that we are able to make that terrifying journey just a little bit easier for teenagers by providing them with specialist facilities and help they need to just feel normal."

Mandy Loveder, Community Fundraiser for the Peterborough Mobility Team at Guide Dogs, added: "At Guide Dogs we do so much more than just provide guide dogs for people with visual impairments and we thank the community and firefighters very much for this generous donation that will help us to continue delivering these wider services across the area."