Timeline

Formed during the Second World War to support the bereaved families of firefighters who had died during the Blitz, here’s how the Charity has honoured the legacy of their bravery and sacrifice and evolved over the past 73 years.

1940

1941 - Firefighters battle the Blitz

1941 – Firefighters battle the Blitz

The London Fire Service Benevolent Fund is set up by Major Jackson, London’s fire chief, from an initial donation of £24.

1943

The Fund nationalises to become the Fire Service National Benevolent Fund (FSNBF).

1945

1945 - Firefighters carry children to safety

1945 – Firefighters carry children to safety

Almost 1,400 fire service orphans are cared for by the FSNBF, supported by grants and allowances.

1953

HM Queen Elizabeth II becomes the Fund’s Royal Patron.

1965

1965 - Marine Court opens its doors

1965 – Marine Court opens its doors

Marine Court in Littlehampton, West Sussex opens as a recuperation centre.

1978

The Charity’s co-founder, Ronnie Greene, passes away.

1980

1980 - Fundraising income on the up

1980 – Fundraising income on the up

Annual fundraising income tops £1million for the first time.

1981

Harcombe House in Devon opens for recuperation.

1993

1993 - HM Queen attends Golden Jubilee celebrations

1993 – HM Queen attends Golden Jubilee celebrations

The Queen attends the Charity’s Golden Jubilee reception at London’s Guildhall

1995

Jubilee House in Cumbria opens, offering rehabilitation and nursing services to beneficiaries

2002

2002 - The Fire Fighters Lottery launches

2002 – The Fire Fighters Lottery launches

The Fund’s Lottery launches. It’s still going today. Click here to find out more and win up to £25,000

2003

The Fund celebrates its Diamond Jubilee with a star-studded concert at the Royal Albert Hall

2005

The Fund starts working with the Children’s Burns Trust to support burn victims

2006

After a long build, Harcombe House starts offering rehabilitation

2008

2008 - FSNBF becomes The Fire Fighters Charity

2008 – FSNBF becomes The Fire Fighters Charity

The Fund changes its name to The Fire Fighters Charity

2013

A busy year as the Charity celebrates its 70th anniversary

2013

A newly refurbished Marine Court launches rehabilitation facilities and psychological support services roll out across all three centres

2015

The Charity holds its tenth Spirit of Fire Awards ceremony at the Park Plaza Westminster, preceded by a reception for nominees and winners at Downing Street