On Wednesday 4 November Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service were presented (virtually of course!) with The Fire Fighter’s Charity Award for Supporter of the Year at the annual Fire Fighter Charity’s Spirit of Fire awards..
This year, due to COVID, the award ceremony was held virtually and streamed on YouTube and after a few years of coming close, this year, we won! With £140,000 raised for the charity and lots of time and effort from our staff the award is now sitting pride of place in our Headquarters.
There are so many people across the service who have helped Lancashire win this award; from the team of people that host car washes, to the staff at STC who organise ladder climbs and the ever popular bonfire night, the people who organise events and undertake very tough personal challenges, and the team of people that promote the events and the charity. It is a huge team effort.
The award was presented by Brian May from Queen and the Fire Fighters Charity said:
“In Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, there is an overwhelming ethos that our Charity is as much a part of everyday life as any other area of the service. This means that not only is fundraising prolific and enthusiastic, but so too is the determination that all colleagues know about our services and how to access them should they ever need support.
“From the Chief Fire Officer to brand new recruits, the attitude that the Charity is “theirs” and something to be supported is rife across Lancashire. With a mixture of whole-time stations and smaller retained stations, wherever you go and whoever you speak to in Lancashire, the pride that people feel in the Charity is apparent.
“With a solid calendar of events across the area, Lancashire’s fundraising is led by an incredible committee that ensures all areas of the service are represented. Their fundraising totals each year are impressive and among the highest for the North East, with events including running competitions, Christmas Balls, car washes, open days, sponsored cycles, climbing Scafell Pike in full fire kit, Walk of the Roses, challenges for new recruits… the list just goes on and on, and the plan gets fuller and bigger each year.
Whenever we need support from Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, we can guarantee they will be there for us.”