Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service was proud to present the Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity John Parry, with a cheque for £788.31 on his recent visit to the service.
Jane Perry, an Administration Assistant from the Services’ Office Services department, based at the Services Headquarters, was proud to formally hand over the cheque for funds raised through a charity Christmas raffle. Jane, in organising the Services Christmas party, was able to enlist the help of local business who generously donated numerous prizes in support of The Fire Fighters Charity raffle.
On a mission to make the raffle a success and raise vital funds, Jane used her persuasive powers to ‘gently encourage’ members of staff to support the raffle and purchase raffle tickets.
Derbyshire’s fundraising through local charity car washes was also acknowledged by the Charity’s Chief Executive. Mr Parry presented members of Ascot Drive Red Watch with an award to acknowledge the ‘Best Regional Fundraising Event in the East Midlands’. Crews and support staff raised over £1000 at a charity car wash held at Ascot Drive Community Fire Station in September 2013.
Speaking at the presentation, Mr Parry said: ‘It was an honour to visit Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service and acknowledge the work that they all do in support of The Fire Fighters Charity.
‘Not only was I able to present an award to some of the firefighters from Ascot Drive Fire Station to acknowledge and thank them for their successful charity car wash, but I was also honoured to receive a cheque for £788.31, presented on behalf of the Service by Jane Perry and Deputy Chief Fire Officer Andy Waldie, for funds raised through a Christmas raffle.
Every year we directly help more than 4,500 people in the fire and rescue community – and we need you to help us continue our vital work. With running costs of over £8 million, and with no government funding, the charity is reliant on the generosity and enthusiasm of its supporters as demonstrated by the personnel at Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service.
I would like to extend my thanks to everyone involved. From those who brought a raffle ticket or donated a raffle prize, to those who brought their dirty cars along for cleaning. I would also like to thank those who rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in at the car wash and of course thank Jane for her hard work in organising the raffle and ‘gentle persuading’ staff to buy those tickets.’
Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service hold a series of charity car washes throughout the year. For future charity car was events, please visit www.derbys-fire.gov.uk. For more information about the excellent work undertaken by The Fire Fighters Charity, please visit www firefighterscharity.org.uk