Ban on fire crews holding charity car washes lifted

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CHARITY car washes held by firefighters are due to start again after they were stopped following worries of a hosepipe ban.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service was forced to cancel the popular community events in May.

As reported in The News it came after various water companies advised the service to cancel the fundraising car washes because of a possible hosepipe ban.

The annual washes raise thousands of pounds for the Fire Fighters Charity.

They also helped raise funds for other local causes.

But the service has been told it can now hold the car washes again.

It comes as a relief to the Fire Fighters Charity.

Claire Ross-Baker, director of fundraising, said: ‘Following water shortage concerns earlier this year, we are very pleased that fire stations are able to support us once again in our biggest fundraising event of the year – the National Car Wash.

‘We are working with fire and rescue services to offer where possible ‘water-conscious’ car washes or water-free car valets to the general public in return for a donation to our cause.

‘The funds raised will enable us to provide vital support to injured fire fighters and fire service community in times of need.’

The first car wash is due to take place in Havant.

It is hoped other fire stations in the area – such as Southsea, Fareham, Gosport and Cosham – will follow suit.

Firefighter Glen Willie, of Cosham fire station, says he is glad the event is back.

He said: ‘The car washes are a good way for us to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity.

‘And it also gives us a chance to talk about fire safety messages and see if people have smoke detectors.

‘If they don’t, we can get them booked in. At the fire service we do our best to be environmentally-friendly.

‘We understood why they stopped earlier this year.

‘But we’re glad they are back again because they are good, community fun.’

The first National Car Wash takes place on September 1 at the Tesco store in Havant, between 10am and 4pm.