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Red Watch firefighters help with the KIND hamper packing work.
Red Watch Firefighters at two stations in Liverpool helped pack hampers for a children’s charity.
KIND is a children's charity that believes in the importance of investing in the future of children. They work with thousands of children, young people and families across Liverpool and greater Merseyside, developing new and imaginative ways to help them cope with many forms of disadvantage.
The charity packed more than 1,000 Christmas food hampers for children and families from within the communities of Merseyside.
Watch Manager Bob Tyrer, who is based at Kirkdale Community Fire Station, said: “Red Watch firefighters from Kirkdale Community Fire Station assisted in unloading and stacking food in the warehouse. Red Watch from Liverpool City Centre
Community Fire Station attended to help with packing the hampers on the other day. The crews were more than happy to help, knowing that our assistance was going to benefit less fortunate members of our community.”
Our Deputy Chief Executive’s PA, Nyree Collinson, also organised donations for the KIND charity, instead of sending Christmas cards at the end of 2014. A total of £52 was raised between 10 staff.
Firefighters helped with the packing on December 19 and December 20.
Staff at our Service headquarters also raised money for the charity Save the Children by wearing Christmas jumpers.
In total £64 was raised for Christmas Jumper Day and as the UK Government is matching donations this year the money will be doubled, the charity said in its congratulations’ message.
Radio City also sent a “Thank You” message to everyone at our Service who helped with their “Mission Christmas” appeal to provide presents for children. Radio City said they distributed more than £800,000 worth of toys to 25,500
underprivileged children in Liverpool, Wirral, the North West and North Wales.
A donation area was set-up by our Service’s Contingency Planning Officer Mary Mercer in the atrium of MF&RS Service headquarters and JCC for donations of toys towards the end of 2014. Mission Christmas was part of Radio City’s Cash for Kids charity work.
For more information on the Cash for Kids charity go to:
KIND can be contacted on 0151 708 8273 or, for more information on the charity, go to:
Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service has been given £200 of vouchers from a company to donate to help support charities and organisations of the Service’s choice.
The Co-operative vouchers were donated by the Co- operative Group who use the community room at Kirkdale Community Fire Station.
Station Manager Sean McGuinness said: “The Co- operative Group use the community room at Kirkdale Community Fire Station for some of their meetings and as a result have become aware of the vast array of community-related work the fire and rescue service
gets involved in and wanted to support this activity in some small way and say thank you for hosting them on the station.
“After discussion with crews at the station, it was decided to donate £100 to The Fire Fighters Charity and £100 to North Liverpool Foodbank.”
For more information on the charity The Fire Fighters Charity go to:
For more information on the North Liverpool Foodbank go to: or for general enquiries call 0151 226 3406.
Photos provided by Watch Manager Bob Tyrer.
The photo shows Watch Manager Peter Campbell from Old Swan Community Fire Station White Watch handing over vouchers to Victoria Ponsonby-Martin and other staff of the North Liverpool Foodbank on behalf of Kirkdale Community Fire Station crews. Photo supplied by Station Manager Sean McGuiness.

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