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FIREFIGHTERS went to a supermarket to raise money for a fire station in Kenya.

Members of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Urban Search and Rescue team gave up their off-duty time to raise funds at Sainsbury’s in Fareham.

In the past six years, the Hampshire team’s fundraising has resulted in the donation of two ex-service fire appliances, three containers of firefighting protective clothing and equipment and provided valuable training.

Team member Denise Knight said: ‘We’re very grateful to Sainsbury’s for their support and also the overwhelming generosity of their customers which resulted in a tremendous £1,504.35 being collected over the two days in July.

‘Staff involved give up their own time to take part in the project. Flights are our biggest expense and this amount will enable us to travel out to deliver further training later this year.

‘We rely heavily on donations and would like to thank everyone who has supported us.’