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Fire service raises more than £13,000 for charity from car washes

More than £13,500 has been raised by Cambridgeshire firefighters in 2021 from car wash events as part of The Fire Fighters Charity National Car Wash campaign.

Firefighters from stations around the county dug out their sponges and buckets and welcomed people with all manner of vehicles, from cars and vans to children’s bikes and mobility scooters to raise money for the charity. The community came out in force to show their support for the crews.

Since June, car washes took place at stations listed below raising the following amounts:



Date of event

Amount raised

Burwell fire station

5th September


Cambridge fire station

9th October


Cottenham fire station

9th October


Linton fire station

4th September


Soham fire station

16th October


Stanground fire station

26th June


Stanground fire station

11th September


Sutton fire station

18th July


Yaxley fire station

25th September


Crews were also supported by a number of local businesses during their events.

In total, £13,587.19 was raised for The Fire Fighters Charity to help them continue providing support to the fire service community. For more than 75 years the charity has given support and rehabilitation help to serving and retired members of fire and rescue staff and their families. An additional £575 was raised for the Road Victims Trust at Cottenham.

Watch Commander Matt House, the Service's Car Wash Coordinator for the charity, commented:

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported our car washes throughout the year. This is a fantastic total to raise and we continue to be amazed by the generosity of the public and local businesses when we host these events. It really is very much appreciated.

“The support from these events makes a massive difference to the charity, which does some great work supporting fire service staff and their families, from our own service and others across the country. The charity relies solely on donations so the support given at the car washes by everyone is very welcome.”

There are lots of ways to support The Fire Fighters Charity, from taking your vehicles to the car washes, to donating clothing to the charity textile recycling banks, to taking on personal challenges. You can find out more about the charity by visiting

Keep an eye out on our social media accounts for updates on upcoming charity events that you can get involved with.