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Huntingdon fire station open day raises more than £1,500 for charity

Huntingdon fire station open day montage 2019A popular open day at Huntingdon fire station raised more than £1,500 for charity.

Hundreds of people turned out on Saturday for the event and helped raise an impressive £1,750 for The Fire Fighter’s Charity.

It was an action packed day, with visitors getting the chance to see behind the scenes at the station. Fun activities included dunking firefighters and officers, hose reel challenge, rope rescue demonstrations, tours of the smoke house, raffle, BBQ and not forgetting tours of our fire engines and incident response unit. Volunteer community champions were on hand to give lifesaving safety advice and visitors could speak to staff about working at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Also joining them on the day were Cambridgeshire Constabulary, face painters and Little Flames Childcare. There was also a vintage fire engine and memorabilia on show.

Crew Commander Paul Whitaker who organised the event said:

"A huge thank to the local community who came out in force to support our open day on Saturday. The amount raised by generous visitors was fantastic and will be gratefully received by The Fire Fighters Charity.

"I'd also like to thank local business who donated to our raffle, and all those who volunteered on the day to make it happen.

"I hope everyone enjoyed the event, and came away knowing a little more about what we do while supporting a very worthwhile cause."

Money raised from the event will be donated to The Fire Fighter’s Charity, who support members of the fire service community around the country, in areas of heath, wellbeing, advice information, family and child programmes, recuperation and more.

The Service was supported by a number of local business who made donations to the charity raffle. A full list of businesses that donated raffle prizes is included below:

Marriott Hotel, Cineworld, Sport Direct, Bella Italia, Nandos, o2, Bliss Beauty Salon, Hotel Chocolate, Molby’s Hairdressers, Pizza Express, Enis’z Men’s Room, Argos, Halfords, Game, Adams Cook & Pearce, McDonalds, Tattoo Den, Barbers Den, Salon 41, Subway, Lloyds, Travis Perkins.