Dogsthorpe open day raises over £3,000 for charity


Large fire coming out of chip pan

A popular open day at Dogsthorpe Fire Station raised over £3,000 for charity.

More than 2,000 people flooded through the doors on Saturday July (6) for the event and helped to raise an impressive £3,200 to be split between The Fire Fighter’s Charity and Heltwate School, Peterborough.

Fun activities at the station in Dogsthorpe Road included dunk-the-firefighter and a hose reel challenge, where the public got behind a hose reel to extinguish flames in a simulated house.

Other popular attractions included chip pan fire demonstrations and a drill by firefighters who used a ladder and MultiStar aerial appliance to rescue casualties from a simulated fire. People could also explore fire engines and their equipment, learn CPR with Gemma’s Hearts and henna hand painting.

The Victims Support Unit, Red Cross emergency response team and the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) also attended the event.

The Service was supported by local businesses such as John Lewis, Peterborough United, Bauer Media, Aquapark Rutland Water, Sacrewell Farm, Bounce Peterborough and many others in the charity raffle.

Dogsthorpe’s Station Commander Matthew Murdoch said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the stall holders, activity organisers and the local community once again for their amazing support as well as all our volunteers on the day.

“This year event has seen a diverse mix of people from communities across Peterborough, the widest mix for many years. I would like to thank the positive action team for their fantastic work in their communities. Their efforts clearly show the bonds being built between the fire service and the wider community.

“We had more than 20 off-duty firefighters along with other fire service staff, family and friends volunteering their time to help on the day. We look forward to hosting another open day in the future to engage with the local residents.”

A full list of businesses that donated raffle prizes is included below:

Mulberry Tree Farm Pub, Pizza Parlour, The Moorhen Pub, Bannatyne Spa, Boots, Bounce Peterborough, Shaun’s PT, Katie Beauty, Fleurs By Lizz, Van Hage, Tiger, Early Learning Centre, Mothercare, Sacrewell Farm, Asda, Peterborough United, Planet Ice, Yankee Candle, Waitrose, John Lewis, Sainsburys, Aquapark Rutland Water, Bauer Media, The Entertainer Toy Store, Hollywood Bowl, Station, Oliver Lee, Tesco, Key Theatre, Tesco, Julie Bearman, Tesco, Showcase Cinemas, Tiger.