Fire Service donates £56,000 to firefighters’ charity

The NORTH Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has donated a massive £56,000 to The Fire Fighters Charity following its annual bonfire and fireworks display – the highest ever a nighttime fire department bonfire event.

Watch Manager Bruce Reid has organized the Rawcliffe Country Park event every year since 2013 with the help of his colleagues, York Firefighter Terence Gregg and Watch Manager Peter Barrett – and around 10,000 people have attended this year, the highest number of the history of the event.

Speaking about the amount raised, Bruce said:

“We were amazed by the number of people present. The previous year having been canceled due to Covid-19, we weren’t sure how popular the event was, but it exceeded all of our expectations. Our thanks go to the people of York and surrounding areas for their support. We are really grateful, because without them it would not have been possible.

“I have been involved with the charity for many years and it is an organization close to my heart. I am absolutely delighted that we can support them in this way. I would also like to thank Terence and Peter, as their help and support is invaluable in ensuring the event runs smoothly.

North Yorkshire Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe presented a check to the charity’s chief executive, Dr Jill Tolfrey, at a ceremony recently held at the headquarters of the North Yorkshire FRS.

Dr. Jill Tolfrey, said:

“Thank you to Bruce, Peter and Terence for organizing, and to all the volunteers who helped make this such a fantastic event, and to everyone who attended and supported our charity.

“To see so many people coming together to support the UK Fire Service shows how much the work they do is appreciated, and raising such a sum in the process is truly amazing. It was a real pleasure to be able to receive the check from Zoe Metcalfe, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner of North Yorkshire, on behalf of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service at the annual awards ceremony.

“These funds will go directly to support thousands of fire service personnel and their spouses, partners and dependents each year, for years to come, ensuring that we can continue to be there for them when they need us the most. On behalf of everyone at The Fire Fighters Charity, a big thank you to everyone involved.

While Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe added:

“Thank you to everyone who has been involved in raising such a large sum of money for The Fire Fighters Charity. Our Fire and Rescue Service plays a major role in keeping communities safe and this donation will help with the availability continuing specialist health and wellbeing support across the lifespan, which is beneficial to fire and rescue personnel in North Yorkshire.

Jon Foster, Fire Chief of the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said:

“We are delighted to be able to donate this sum of money to The Fire Fighters Charity – an organization which is invaluable in supporting the fire service, so very dear to our hearts. Special thanks to Bruce, Terence and Peter for all their hard work in organizing this event, and all of this at their own pace.

“This is now an annual event offering the public a great opportunity to enjoy an evening bonfire and fantastic professional fireworks in a safe environment, but more importantly to raise vital funds for the ‘Charity association.”

Members of the firefighting community who need help with their health and wellbeing can call The Fire Fighters Charity helpline on 0800 3898820 or visit: www.firefighterscharity.org.UK/support.

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