Southsea firefighters stage charity car wash

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Firefighters unleashed their pressure hoses on more than 100 waiting vehicles at a charity car wash.

Families queued around the car park as the firefighters soaped, sprayed and finally polished the cars on Saturday in Asda car park, Fratton.

(l-r) Max Moseley, David Willcocks and Andy Walford.   Firefighters from white watch at Southsea fire station, washing car at Asda supermarket in Fratton, Portsmouth, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.  Picture: Allan Hutchings (13680-469)

(l-r) Max Moseley, David Willcocks and Andy Walford. Firefighters from white watch at Southsea fire station, washing car at Asda supermarket in Fratton, Portsmouth, in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13680-469)

They were raising cash toward The Fire Fighters Charity, which looks after those injured and those who suffer from illnesses.

Punters were asked to donate any amount they chose to help the charity as the 15 members of Southsea fire station toiled in the sunshine from 11am to 4pm.

Del Edwards, 49, of Tredegar Road in Southsea and wife Elaine, 48, had brought along their children Adam, eight, and daughter Grace, 14.

Del said he was happy to donate to a good cause.

He said: ‘We saw the advertising for it so we came in; Adam likes giving the money to them.

‘They do open days at the station so we go and visit then as well.’

Son Adam also sat in the family car while the men of White Watch and off-duty watches sprayed and polished it clean.

Adam said: ‘They’re really helpful and exciting. It looks like it’s raining on the windows.’

Jasper Taylor is a firefighter and Southsea station’s representative for the charity.

He said: ‘If we have one of our members who is ill we look after them and we deal with rehabilitation and respite care.’

‘The fundraising we’re doing today goes toward that.

‘We do a lot with the community in lots of ways too about prevention and operationally.’

Asda gave refreshments to the crews and will send some of the cash to breast cancer charity Tickled Pink.

Tina Foyle, 42, of New Road in Portsmouth, said it is important to support the firefighters.

‘You never know when you’re going to need them, they work wonders – and we like a man in uniform.’

MORE car wash events are being held across the area over the next few weeks, so please go along and give your support – and a donation of course – to the firefighters.

The venues include:

Cosham fire station on Saturday, March 16, from 10am to 4pm;

Emsworth fire station on Saturday, March 23, from 10am to 4pm;

Gosport fire station on Saturday, March 16, from 10am to 4pm;

Havant fire station on Saturday, March 30, from 10am to 4pm.