Firefighters up and down the country are preparing to roll up their sleeves to take part in the National Car Wash this March, raising vital funds for The Fire Fighters Charity.
Firmly established on the fire and rescue service calendar, the National Car Wash is the charity’s largest national fundraising event of the year. Motorists are invited to take their car along and have it washed in return for a donation to The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.
Chief Fire Officer Alex Clark of Lothian & Borders Fire & Rescue Service said: “Monies raised through national fundraising initiatives provide a real boost to The Fire Fighters Charity. As well as being a fun and popular event for the charity, the National Car Wash also gives our firefighters the opportunity to share important safety messages with members of their local community.
“We are delighted that so many of our fire stations are getting involved and would urge local people to come along and support the day. Your valued donations will go towards helping thousands of men, women and children from the fire and rescue community during their times of need.”
Car wash events are being held at the following stations across Lothian & Borders:
- Dalkeith – 10th March
- Edinburgh – McDonald Road – 17th March
- Hawick – 17th March
- East Linton – 24th March
- Innerleithen – 24th March
- Tollcross – 24th March
- Liberton – 24th March
Please check with your local station who may also be taking part and offer your support on the day in return for a squeaky clean car.
Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, John Parry, added: “The National Car Wash provides a vital source of income for our charity, as well as being a fun event with a serious safety message. As a charity, we rely entirely upon donations from the general public and the fire and rescue community. We would like to encourage members of the public to show their support for our fire fighting heroes by visiting their local fire station – and afterwards drive away safely, in a clean car!”
For further information:
Regional Fundraiser, Scotland
The Fire Fighters Charity
Tel: 07825 180961
Alternatively, please contact:
Communications and PR Manager
The Fire Fighters Charity
Tel: 01256 366582
Mob: 07769 250826
Notes to Editors:
The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.
Our mission is to place beneficiaries at the heart of everything we do, ensuring that the fire and rescue community can rely on The Fire Fighters Charity as its primary point of contact for advice and support. We aim to provide practical assistance and solutions to make a real difference to the lives of members of the fire service community.
Our Beneficiary Support Service offers a free confidential and impartial helpline for the fire and rescue community – providing advice and support on a broad range of issues – as well as having a nationwide network of professional staff and trained volunteers.
Our three centres in Devon, Cumbria and West Sussex offer rehabilitation programmes to serving and retired members of the fire and rescue community, as well as recuperation breaks that provide the chance to relax in peaceful and tranquil surroundings, which can aid emotional recovery following illness, injury, or bereavement.
It costs £9m every year to meet the needs of our beneficiaries, and with no government funding, we rely entirely upon donations from the general public and the fire and rescue community. In order for us to improve our services year on year, it is vital for us to have a reliable source of income that we can depend on.