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Team’s Tug Of War Triumph
Station Manager Paul Kay, Group Manager Ben Ryder and Watch Manager John O’Boyle formed part of the Tug Of War team, along with some of our new recruits.
A team from MFRS triumphed in a tug of war battle at a glamorous charity event in London.
The Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Tug of War Team travelled to Westminster College Gardens to compete in the annual House of Lords vs House of Commons Tug of War contest hosted by Macmillan Cancer Support.
Group Manager Ben Ryder, Station Manager Paul Kay and Watch Manager John O’Boyle were part of a team which also included some of our new recruits from Croxteth Community Fire Station.
The MFRS squad, who competed against Gatwick Airport Fire Service, proved victorious beating their rivals 2-0 in the tug of war match.
The charity fundraiser, which was hosted by Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine and raised over £113,500 for Macmillan, was the 30th anniversary of the event and guests were treated to a champagne reception, live music and a host of fundraising activities.
Ten tug of war matches took place on the day, pitching teams from the RAF, Army, city firms and industry giants against each other including ultimate rivals the House of Lords versus the House of Commons.
Group Manager Ryder said: “This is the ninth Year MFRS has supported the Macmillan Cancer Charity event and the level of support we receive from the other teams is fantastic.
“We have seen the event grow to become much more competitive with team matches between commercial companies, the military, fire services and the final event between the House of Lords and Commons teams.
“We were really proud to take part and help raise money for such a fantastic charity.”
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Baking a difference for charity
MFRS staff took part in a baking bonanza to celebrate World Baking Day and raised hundreds of pounds for charity.
The event, held at MFRS headquarters, was part of a national competition to help raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Entrants baked an array of cakes, cookies, crumbles, biscuits, buns and breads which went on sale in our headquarters canteen raising a staggering £438.
Bakers included Lisa Dunleavy, Faye Disley, Jean Crimmins, Ruth Baller-Wilson, Sue Wynne, Ed Greenbank, Emma Satchel and Paul Spears, who all produced sensational showstopper cakes.
The national Star Bake Award, as judged by Great British Bake Off contestant and East Greenwich Firefighter Mat Riley, went to Bex Jacklin from Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service.
Bex created a stunning miniature version of Linton Fire Station in Cambridgeshire using chocolate sponge and chocolate ganache. She received a chocolate hamper as her prize.
The Top Bake Sale award, given to the organisation that raised the most money from its bake sale, went to the real-life Linton Fire Station for raising an amazing £1,250.
Allen Knell, north west regional fundraiser for The Fire Fighters Charity, said: “Everyone who took part in the event at MFRS headquarters should be really proud.
“The money raised will go towards support MFRS staff, Firefighters and family when things go wrong in their lives.”
A couple of the show-stopping bakes entered by MFRS staff.

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