Staff from control rooms right across the UK have raised £1,800 for us by hosting dress down days over the weekend of 18-19 June – with some even making them a regular occurance from now on.
A total of 22 control rooms took part in planned events, as part of a nationwide fundraiser organised by Kent Fire & Rescue Control – which holds monthly dress downs in aid of us.
Despite some control rooms only having 3-5 people on duty, they all managed to raise £1854.38 so far, with some staff still collecting.
Just a few of the highlights included:
- West Midlands FRS organised a dress down and Jubliee weekend afternoon tea, raising more than £443
- Hampshire & Isle of Wight FRS staff decided to dress up for the day in some incredible outfits
- Tyne & Wear and Derbyshire FRS opted for a pyjama party dress down
- North Wales FRS staff got their counterparts in North Wales Police Control involved and raised over £115
- Cleveland Fire Brigade organised a raffle in addition to their dress down and raised over £149
- Several control rooms organised cake sales to raise extra funds, including Warwickshire (£160.45), Leicestershire (£176), Tyne & Wear (£122.72), Kent (£297.95) and North Yorkshire (£108), North West (£103) and Hereford & Worcester (£95).
Nikki Haxton-Jones, who helped organise the event in her role in Kent’s Control team, says: “It was really amazing seeing all the control rooms come together over the weekend. It was particularly warm that weekend so we were extremely thankful to be in cooler clothes!
“A huge thank you to everyone who organised, took part and donated from: Warwickshire; Staffs & West Mids; Leicestershire;Tyne & Wear; Cleveland; Hampshire IOW; Surrey & Sussex; Norfolk; Kent; North Yorkshire; North West Fire Control; North Wales; Devon & Somerset; Hereford & Worcester; Dorset & Wiltshire; Hertfordshire; Guernsey; Derbyshire; Essex; Gloucestershire and Bedfordshire. We will see you all same time, same place next year!”
The team at Kent FRS are now hoping to make this an annual event so if anyone wants to take part in 2023, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
And finally, a huge thank you to everyone that took part in aid of your Charity – you’re making such a huge difference! Here are just a few highlights, and please remember to share any more you may have with us on MyFFC.
Good morning from Green Watch Fire Control. Today we are supporting the dress down weekend in aid of the Firefighters charity. Anyone wanting to donate can do so by accessing https://t.co/SldpCxESqd
— Leicestershire Fire Control (@LFRSFireControl) June 18, 2022
? Our fantastic Control teams are taking part in Dress Down Day in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.
? Here's White Watch!
— Essex Fire Service (@ECFRS) June 18, 2022
This weekend, we joined fire and rescue control rooms across the country hosting a dress down and cake sale in aid of @Firefighters999. #ControlDoesDressDown #ControlForTheFirefightersCharity #FireControlFundraising. You can donate here: https://t.co/6WsmRQp9yT pic.twitter.com/HJ4R0R17RX
— Surrey Fire & Rescue Service (@SurreyFRS) June 18, 2022
Colleagues at @ClevelandFB have so far raised £46.98 from a bake sale and £103.00 from a raffle towards this weekends #ControlDoesDressDown event organised by @kentfirerescue control in aid of @firefighters999 #Proud #ThankYou #Charity #FireControlFundraising
— Dave Gormley (@BiasFire) June 18, 2022
This weekend, Kent Fire Control will be holding a dress down and cake sale in aid of The Firefighters Charity. @GreenNwfrs and other Control rooms will be joining them. #ControlForTheFirefightersCharity #FireControlFundraising. Donate here:https://t.co/dj1TvXK0st
— Ystafell Reoli Yr Wylfa Werdd/Green Watch Control (@GreenNwfrs) June 15, 2022
Red watch control are joining in with fire controls across the country in a dress down weekend in aid of the @firefighters999 @NorthWalesFire @NWPolice have also joined in and donated kindly within the joint control room. #control #controldressdownday #firefighterscharity ? pic.twitter.com/w9f8svJNTf
— Lauren Coates (@LaurenJade0721) June 19, 2022
— Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire Control (@hiwfrs_control) June 19, 2022
Thank you to @Jones_the_Steam for inviting @NW_Fire_Control to take part in the #ControlDoesDressDown. The whole team got fully behind raising money for the fabulous @firefighters999 charity who are there to support all the Fire Service family ♥️?♥️ pic.twitter.com/98yCbSlaYw
— North West Fire Control (@NW_Fire_Control) June 21, 2022
Good Evening Derbyshire #Control_Green are now on duty for our final night shift this set. We are supporting our fellow Fire Control Rooms across the country for #ControlDoesDressDown today in aid of the Fire fighters charity @FireFighters999 ? pic.twitter.com/V4POD6ur7V
— Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (@DerbyshireFRS) June 19, 2022
Red Watch are joining Fire Controls across the country in a Dress Down weekend in aid of the @firefighters999
— S & WM Fire Control (@SWMFireControl) June 18, 2022
— Avon Fire & Rescue Service Control (@AFRSControl) June 19, 2022
Blue Watch are joining Fire Controls across the country in a Dress Down And Eat Cake day. We can't wait to dig in!??
It is in aid of the @firefighters999 so if you can, please donate using the link: https://t.co/4QrkiZwXQc#ControlDoesDressDown #ControlForTheFirefightersCharity pic.twitter.com/ek8BdW3hG8
— DWFireControl (@DWFireControl) June 18, 2022
Well done to our wonderful Fire Control who have raised more than £125 for @firefighters999 ??
They joined Fire Control rooms across the UK to raise money for the charity with a cake sale and dress down day ?
— Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (@Tyne_Wear_FRS) June 20, 2022
— North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (@NorthYorksFire) June 22, 2022
Last weekend, Fire Control participated in a Dress-Down Weekend and cake sale and raised £95 for The Firefighter's Charity @firefighters999 supported by our colleagues in @WestMerciaOCC pic.twitter.com/rpDmnuVpqg
— HWFireControl (@HWFireControl) June 26, 2022