The Fire Fighters Charity receives £5000 from local shop

Picture shows from left to right: Doreen Dixon, Gayle Boagey and Margaret McLean presenting the cheque to Chief Fire Officer Ian Hayton.

CHIEFS were delighted this week when a large cheque of £5000 was given to The Fire Fighters Charity by volunteers working at Hartlepool Hospital Charity Shop.

A presentation took place at Fire Brigade Headquarters, Hartlepool on Monday 16 April, with staff handing over the sum to Chief Fire Officer, Ian Hayton of Cleveland Fire Brigade.

The Hartlepool Hospital Charity Shop on Murray Street, Hartlepool, which relies on public donations, regularly donates to different charities, including Macmillan Nurses, Springwell School and Great North Air Ambulance Service.

Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer, said: “We received a phone call on a Friday afternoon from Sylvia Johnson, one of the volunteers in the shop, to say that they would like to make a donation to The Fire Fighters Charity.

“After a further chat we were then informed of the extent of the donation: £5000. We are extremely grateful for their generosity and want to thank the volunteers who work there and also those who have donated to the shop and purchased items.

“It was great to meet the staff in person and be awarded the huge cheque. The Charity really appreciates any support or donations they receive and are reliant on generosity of the public. This cash will make such a big difference to the work they do.

“The Fire Fighters Charity supports those in need from the wider Fire Community, helping Widows, Widowers, Orphaned children and all family dependants through difficult times of need. The Charity assists injured firefighters to achieve a better quality of life following accidents and injuries through Convalescent and Rehabilitative care. Over the many years I have served they have been invaluable in assisting serving and retired staff and their families to better health and improving quality of life”.

Doreen Dixon, a volunteer in the shop said: “We wouldn’t be able to donate money to help such worthy causes like The Fire Fighters Charity without the help from our customers, not only the ones who kindly donate but also the ones who come into the shop and make purchases so I would like to say a big thank you to all of them.”

For further information on the Brigade, visit www.clevelandfire.gov.uk or join us on Facebook or Twitter. To find out more about The Fire Fighters Charity, you can visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk