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Firefighters take part in the car wash at Asda in Huyton. Photo supplied by Watch Manager Gary McQueen.
Firefighters raised hundreds of pounds for
The Fire Fighters Charity by hosting car washes.
As part of the charity’s National Car Wash campaign in March, three events were held at Southport and St Helens community fire stations as well as Asda in Huyton.
Southport crews raised just over £310 and also took the opportunity to highlight safety messages.
Watch Manager Ian Nelson, who took part in the
Southport car wash, added: “Fire crews also
used the event as an opportunity to engage with the community and offer important fire safety advice as well as road safety advice. This included advice to drivers on correct tyre pressure and information about child car seats.”
Crews from White Watch at Huyton and Whiston community fire stations worked tirelessly at a joint car wash at Asda in Huyton, raising £245.
Watch Manager Gary McQueen said: “The people of Huyton were very generous and a fantastic amount of £245 was raised.
“I would like to say thanks to crews for their efforts, the local community for their support and Asda Huyton for allowing the area to be used.”
Firefighters from St Helens and Eccleston also held a car wash at St Helens Community Fire Station, which raised around £110 for the charity.
They were helped by young people from St Helens Youth Offending Service, led by Steve Barlow, who is an interventions worker at St Helens Youth Offending Service.
Watch Manager Pete Nelson said: “St Helens staff along with Eccleston staff and young people from the Youth Offending Service all continued to build on their close working relationship by attending a charity car wash for The Fire Fighters Charity.
“A number of staff from the district have used the services of the charity and wanted to contribute towards the good work the charity offers.”
The Fire Fighters Charity provides rehabilitation along with a range of support for firefighters, MF&RS staff, retired firefighters and family members.
There are three rehabilitation centres in Cumbria, Devon and West Sussex, which cost the charity £9m a year to run.
For more information on the charity go to
The charity’s services can be accessed by calling 0800 3898820
The Fire Fighters Charity now offers rehabilitation seven days a week at Harcombe House in Devon and Jubilee House in Cumbria.
Delivering rehabilitation over seven days a week enables the charity to run programmes of different lengths, which means people will be able to access the services quicker.
There are plans for the new rehabilitation service at Marine Court in Littlehampton, West Sussex, to eventually move to seven days a week.
Its services are open to firefighters, all other MF&RS staff who have served five years or more, retired firefighters as well as family members, offering psychological, physical and social care.
The charity is also looking at shorter length programmes to support fire service staff who are preparing for an operation. These programmes are designed to get people fit for their operation to help them recover quicker.
People can now receive rehabilitation help for psychological issues, such as depression, stress or anxiety, even if they do not have a physical illness or injury.
The psychological services have been launched at Harcombe House as well as Marine Court and are accessible to people as part of their rehabilitation programme on a self-referral basis.
Those who cannot attend a centre can still access practical and emotional support as well as advice, from the charity helpline. It can help signpost other services available to staff and supplement any care already being provided by the NHS.
For information call the charity helpline on
0800 389 8820, or 0800 783 7610 for textphone / minicom users. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.
Firefighters in St Helens stage their car wash for the Fire Fighters Charity. Photo taken and supplied by Steve Barlow, Youth Offending Service.

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