We never fail to be amazed by the efforts you go to in supporting us each year and this Christmas was no exception. With engine pulls, Santa’s grottos, bucket collections and even singing firefighters, you pulled out all of the stops to make it our biggest Christmas ever.
Not only that, but with £140,165 raised during December alone, you smashed last year’s total by over £11,000, which was £16,000 more than the year before! You are amazing and we are so grateful to each and every one of you who achieved this superhuman feat. Your efforts are very much appreciated.
So on behalf of everyone we have already supported and those we hope to support in the future with the money you’ve raised, thank you.
And of course, not forgetting our Christmas Fundraising is a competition, we have to congratulate all of the teams who raised the most in their region. The winners are below.
Preston Circus Fire Station, East Sussex FRS: £11,225.69
Whoa! Congratulations, Preston Circus. You earned the most out of any fire and rescue premises in the whole country, not to mention being regional champions for the South East. Give yourselves a well-deserved pat on the back.
Ho ho ho Father Christmas and his pals are busy raising vital funds for the @firefighters999 Fire Fighters Charity, plus raising #Fire safety awareness and #festive cheer at #PrestonCircus fire station pic.twitter.com/UTXSMbD8GH
— Raj Baksi – Commercial Fire Training (@ESFRSCommercial) December 20, 2019
Hendon Fire Station, London Fire Brigade: £352.04
#MerryChristmas from Lambeth Borough. Thank you for all the crews keeping #Lambeth and London safe. Here is #GreenWatch #WestNorwood helping Santa as #Rudolph and his friends. pic.twitter.com/2C4YjS3OFI
— LFB LAMBETH (@FireLambeth) December 25, 2019
Basingstoke Fire Station, Hampshire Fire and Rescue: £3,161.55
Coleford Community Fire Station, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue: £3,747
Firefighters from Coleford are out and about today collecting for charity. They wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. pic.twitter.com/2w7FsullMc
— Glosfire (@Glosfire) December 24, 2019
Swansea Central Fire Station, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue: £3,606.83
— Jay Crouch (@Jayjaycrouchy) December 23, 2019
Shropshire Christmas Ball Committee, Shropshire Fire and Rescue: £7,250
What a lovely evening at @shropsfire HQ following tonight's Festival of Carol's – fingers crossed for everyone who has bought a ticket in the raffle, raising money for @firefighters999 🤞🤞🤞 pic.twitter.com/SCKyZ6EZk0
— Shrops Fire & Rescue (@shropsfire) December 18, 2019
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Headquarters: £3,000
— Mersey Fire (@MerseyFire) December 25, 2019
Yorkshire and Humberside
Slaithewaite Fire Station, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue: £229
— NeaW_LAC (@NeaW_LAC) December 20, 2019
Cambuslang National Training Centre and HQ, Scottish Fire and Rescue: £8,298.27
Today we salute our 57 new graduate firefighters 🚒 ✅ 👏
They joined the SFRS family in front of proud loved ones during an emotional ceremony at our National HQ in Cambuslang.
The graduates will now protect communities across Scotland.
— Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (@fire_scot) December 20, 2019
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters: £1,545.05
A familiar face around our training centre is looking a little less familiar! Just before Christmas, driving instructor Scott Ware shaved off his trademark white hair and beard to raise money for @firefighters999. So far, he's raised around £350 – well done S̶a̶n̶t̶a̶ Scott! pic.twitter.com/z2Z2UGOEtI
— Tyne and Wear FRS (@Tyne_Wear_FRS) January 6, 2020
Grantham Fire Station, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue, £5,791.26
Guess who will be visiting @AldiUK in Grantham today? #SundayMorning 🎅🤶🎁🎄
Our special guest will be there from 10am supported by your local firefighters @firefighters999 #charity #Christmas2019 @LincsFireRescue pic.twitter.com/o79iFyWFgW
— Grantham Fire Station (@granthamfire) December 15, 2019
Yaxley Fire Station, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue: £2,980.07
Huge thanks to everyone who came out to see Santa in #Yaxley last night 🚒🎅🛷
We'll be out again tonight & will post another Google Maps live tracking link so you can track Santa around the village.
— Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (@cambsfrs) December 10, 2019
Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you once again for all of your support. We thought we’d leave you with this amazing video from West Yorkshire…