Car wash gives charity a boost

The firefighters work hard for charity ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142585-7497)
The firefighters work hard for charity ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142585-7497)
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DRIVERS kept firefighters busy having their cars washed as part of a national fundraiser.

The National Car Wash raises money for The Fire Fighters charity and is the charity’s largest national event of the year.

FIRE CAR WASH  (RS)    MRW new    6/9/2014  '''Not all of the Waterlooville retained firefighters were putting out fires at the weekend.... but were washing cars for 24 hrs .......yes 24 hrs ! 'The event was to raise funds for the Firefighters Charity ''Watch Mananager Craig Sadler gives a car an extra bit of TLC ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142585-7502) PPP-140709-161749003

FIRE CAR WASH (RS) MRW new 6/9/2014 '''Not all of the Waterlooville retained firefighters were putting out fires at the weekend.... but were washing cars for 24 hrs .......yes 24 hrs ! 'The event was to raise funds for the Firefighters Charity ''Watch Mananager Craig Sadler gives a car an extra bit of TLC ! ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142585-7502) PPP-140709-161749003

Firefighters washed cars in exchange for a donation.

And the event gave firefighters the opportunity to interact with their community.

A team at Waterlooville Fire Station were among those taking part.

Firefighter Mitchell Creighton said: ‘It’s a very worthwhile charity.

FIRE CAR WASH  (RS)    MRW     6/9/2014  ''Not all of the Waterlooville retained firefighters were putting out fires at the weekend.... but were washing cars for 24 hrs .......yes 24 hrs ! 'The event was to raise funds for the Firefighters Charity ''Organiser of the 24 hour event - Waterlooville firefighter Wes Singleton  ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142585-7523) PPP-140709-101854003

FIRE CAR WASH (RS) MRW 6/9/2014 ''Not all of the Waterlooville retained firefighters were putting out fires at the weekend.... but were washing cars for 24 hrs .......yes 24 hrs ! 'The event was to raise funds for the Firefighters Charity ''Organiser of the 24 hour event - Waterlooville firefighter Wes Singleton ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142585-7523) PPP-140709-101854003

‘It gives a chance for the public to experience coming into the fire station and having their car washed and have a cup of tea with us.

‘Kids can play on the fire engine. We get a lot of interest in it. A lot of people never experience coming into the fire station.’

The charity is the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families.

It costs £9m a year to keep the charity running and there is no government funding.

Wesley Singleton, who helped organise the car wash at Waterlooville Fire Station, added: ‘The community can get involved. It’s a good chance for them to come here and have a look around. We get to speak to them as well.

‘It raises money for the Fire Fighters charity which is a good cause which helps out firemen who have injuries and troubles.

‘We’ve all come together and pitched in.’

The charity offers firefighters physical and emotional rehabilitation and recuperation.

Visit firefighterscharity.org.uk for more information.