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Firefighters in Southport staged a charity car wash at Southport Community Fire Station and raised money for two charities.
The car wash was in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity and the Legacy Rainbow House, a national charity working with children with acquired brain injury, multiple disabilities and complex health needs. HSBC bank had also promised to match any money raised on the day.
Southport and Formby firefighters, members from the Prince's Trust Team programme, run by Merseyside
Fire & Rescue Service at fire stations across
Merseyside, and some staff from HSBC were at
the event on October 11 washing cars and offering any fire safety advice needed.
Watch Manager Ken Williams, who joined White Watch firefighters at Southport Community Fire Station on the day for the car wash, said:
“At the end of a busy, hard working day, both charities were better off by £1,076 each. Many thanks to all who participated in the car wash on the day including firefighters from Southport and Formby, staff from HSBC, and members of the Prince’s Trust Team programme, which is run by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.
“This event was a great success and we hope to hold it again in the Spring.”
Station Manager Richie Clarke said: “When a large business such as HSBC approached me to organise a match funded charity event I never thought we would achieve such a large amount for both Charities. Together private and public sector can achieve so much for worthy causes by working together for one day.”
More information on The Fire Fighters Charity can be found at: and Legacy Rainbow House can be found at
Watch Manager Ken Williams pictured with Southport firefighters, staff from HSBC and representatives from Legacy Rainbow House. Photo supplied by Ken Williams.
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Firefighters from Blue Watch at Crosby Community Fire Station welcomed around 100 members of the public at their Open Day.
The open day took place at the station on Crosby Road North and the day gave people the opportunity to look around the station’s facilities.
Watch Manager Steve Bousfield, who is based at Crosby Community Fire Station and was at the station for the event, said: “Despite the mixed weather members of the public from all over Merseyside visited the station to view the fire appliances and see displays from the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre, Merseyside Police Community Support Team and St John Ambulance. The services’ community safety team also had a ‘crashed car’ on display to highlight the dangers of driving whilst under
the influence of alcohol or
whilst using a mobile phone.
“Events like this give people the opportunity to see the range of work that firefighters do and also given people a chance to look around our fire appliances as well as the station facilities.”
Paul MacKinnon, from Waterloo who was at the event, said: “It was nice to be able to bring
the children to the station and meet the firefighters. As well as seeing the fire engines we got advice on home fire safety.”
Tuck In...
A big breakfast event in aid of the British Lung Foundation will be held at Birkenhead Community Fire Station on Tuesday, November 18.
Firefighter Roy Stewart is organising the event with the help of Sherina Conway, who is his wife’s cousin. Sherina lost her father to a rare form of lung cancer and all the proceeds will go to the British Lung Foundation.
Staff are invited to come along and enjoy a breakfast at the station to help raise funds.
Sherina and her family will be assisting on the day along with Red Watch firefighters at Birkenhead.
The Wirral Prevention Team will also be giving out advice about fire safety in the home when using oxygen and the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted.
It is part of a national BLF Big Breakfast campaign encouraging people to host events and raise funds.
Photo shows Firefighter Roy Stewart with Sherina Conway and her family members Shirley Neermul, Mandy Green and Jay Neermul at Birkenhead Community Fire Station. Photo supplied by Roy Stewart.
Photo supplied by Watch Manager Steve Bousfield.
Beth MacKinnon, 7, and James MacKinnon, 5, with Watch Manager Steve Bousfield at the open day event.

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