It’s a busy time of year as we prepare for Christmas and all the festive events in store – but our wonderful supporters haven’t let it stop them going above and beyond to raise funds for us.
Thank you to all of you who have taken part in challenges, Open Days, events and more over the last month.
While we’ve seen some spectacular Brew With A Crews, we also saw services light up their drill towers following Halloween. Elsewhere, some took part in epic rowing challenges, rugby matches and even an incredible head shave, while one lady organised a Grease singalong for her birthday and a group of firefighters marched across the UK in a ‘Yompathon’ in aid of us and other charities.
Below are just a few of the highlights…
And don’t forget, you can share your amazing fundraising achievements, encourage others and share ideas on MyFFC. We have a series of dedicated groups you can join, from Fire Family Challenge and Challengers to Runners, riders, walkers and more! Just register now and head to the ‘Groups’ tab at the top of the MyFFC homepage.
On Friday 18 November our 13 trainee firefighters will be rowing the length of the River Weaver in Chester city centre in full fire kit to raise money for @firefighters999.
— Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service (@CheshireFire) November 2, 2022
Fantastic evening at the biggest bonfire & fireworks in North Yorks! 🎆
— Darryl Smalley (@DarrylJSmalley) November 5, 2022
— Organisational Development Team HIWFRS (@ODHIWFRS) November 2, 2022
Burton Latimer Light up the drill tower with pumpkins, proceeds for the Firefighters Charity we are open until 8pm tonight, lots of free games and things to do @firefighters999 @ESCadets pic.twitter.com/8YKUdsdb7o
— 🚒🔥Michelle Bates (@michelle16bates) November 1, 2022
At Helping Hoodie HQ we are starting to think about Christmas and how good it would be to get a few more services on board, if you want your service to join us tag them in the comments and let’s make the @firefighters999 donation even bigger. pic.twitter.com/JKfFWwFN5I
— HelpingHoodies (@helpinghoodies) November 2, 2022
Hair today, gone tomorrow!
Watch Manager Dave Smith and Firefighter Roger Hoyle chopped their mops for charity. Think you might be needing a bobble hat soon guys! 😳
— Dorset&Wiltshire FRS (@DWFireRescue) November 4, 2022
A huge thank-you to everyone who helped make the Halloween light up the drill tower event at our Burton Latimer Station a success. Over £800 raised to help support @firefighters999 charity. pic.twitter.com/wpQXOM3y9x
— Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue (@northantsfire) November 2, 2022
— Karla Stevenson (@Karla5188) November 5, 2022
— LFBHounslow (@HounslowFire) November 2, 2022
Thank-you to everyone who turned out in torrential rain to support the fire and rugby teams tonight. Northants Police won 16-0 and hopefully a few £s raised for @firefighters999 & @UK_COPS the charities. pic.twitter.com/SkG7VWyqle
— Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue (@northantsfire) November 2, 2022
This Sunday sees our Land Rover Charity Run where we join local Land Rover enthusiasts to drive across Norfolk to raise funds for the FireFighters Charity @firefighters999.
Good luck to all those taking part! pic.twitter.com/Zp1YVGU5BI
— Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service (@Norfolkfire) November 4, 2022
Thank you to everybody who came to the Station Open Day.
We have raised £1000 for the Firefighters Charity.
We have had approximately 3000 people visit us today and have taken 46 Home Fire Safety referrals.
A video of the draw for the raffle will be posted shortly!! pic.twitter.com/HaS0CRDYCJ
— Plymouth Response Group (@PlymouthGroup) November 5, 2022
A huge well done to the @yompathon team for completing their epic 3,863 mile march for us and other charities 🙌🎉
— The Fire Fighters Charity (@firefighters999) November 10, 2022
Tonight we had the pleasure in presenting a cheque to Margaret Barnes from The Firefighter Charity. Who help all serving and retired members of the UK's fire family to live healthier and happier. @firefighters999 @toshie48 @Big_Hendo13 @wdaviec67 @willie4268 pic.twitter.com/J0gUEUhtKW
— Buckie Fire Station (@BuckieFire) November 7, 2022
@Llanwrtydfire charity cuppa with a crew, charity car wash – what a great community spirit. Raising awareness and donations for @firefighters999 and @DementiaUK well done to all that supported this amazing event. #cuppawithacrew @mawwfire #dementia #community #MoreThanJustFires pic.twitter.com/t6W1YwMiEz
— Jay Crouch (@Jayjaycrouchy) November 12, 2022
Huge thank you to all who came to support the @firefighters999 charity Ball @LancashireFRS last night, a fantastic night yet again. Thank you to everyone who helped with the LSGC awards and the Ball, #teamwork 😉 🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/CPhMKoQ2pQ
— Mick Strickland (@strickland_mick) November 12, 2022
Thank you to everyone who supported @CrawleyFire999's charity car wash yesterday.
The crew raised a fantastic £1,258 for The Fire Fighters Charity! 👏👏👏 pic.twitter.com/I4wxx1zDSP
— West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (@WestSussexFire) November 14, 2022
HOUSE SYSTEM NEWS:@RisedaleFamily pupils can now donate @epraiseUK points to their nominated House Charity. 1 point = 1 penny. #TeamRisedale
Our nominated charities:
💙 ATTENBOROUGH = @CR_UK
💜 PANKHURST = @DogsTrust
🧡 SEACOLE = @firefighters999
❤️ TURING = @HelpforHeroes pic.twitter.com/PKB0zmLUSe
— Risedale School (@RisedaleFamily) November 15, 2022
Cheque handovers took place at the Sweat Bank Gym in Burton-on-Trent, where Chris Foxley completed the challenge, last week. pic.twitter.com/2k9hI2RNnb
— Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (@StaffsFire) November 17, 2022
Delighted to hear that last week’s event raised £1385 for @firefighters999 – huge thanks to @SallyHe45389238 & @MikeBubbins for their support. Diolch yn fawr i’r ddau ohonwch !! @RuthPowell_FFC @EvansNerys pic.twitter.com/4qI5m3FhjU
— Roger Thomas (@rog_thomas) November 17, 2022
— John Turner 💚 (@JohnoftheT) November 18, 2022
Wow…truly humbled and proud to receive this award, on behalf of everyone who donated, played, supported and followed us through the 24 hours, thank you! 🙏🏻@MyelomaUK @firefighters999 @rookwoodspur1 @air_ambulance @wynneevans @pataylor90 @Sarahlouise72Sp @des_lally @kipsy07 https://t.co/ZAu94GZsml
— Paul Williams (@gonzojnr77) November 19, 2022
A great effort by @HFRS in raising £86,500 for @firefighters999 last year. A difficult time due to Covid restrictions but they smashed it. Thanks all for supporting the charity pic.twitter.com/hCF2GSDIkJ
— Steve Holton (@HFRS_GC) November 25, 2022
Thanks to everyone who supported our charity car wash yesterday. We raised £820 to be shared equally between Lincs & Notts air ambulance and the firefighters charity, a great result! @LNAACT @firefighters999 pic.twitter.com/EiPtqtZ9zJ
— Corby Glen Fire Stn (@FIRECorbyG) November 27, 2022
This year I will be creating a calendar for 2023! They will include a range of photographs I have taken in 2022. Available in A3 and A4. They will include the same photographs, but have different front pages. Any profits will be donated to @firefighters999 pic.twitter.com/TFWjpNIICk
— Scottish Emergency Photography (@ScotsEVP) November 20, 2022
— West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (@WestSussexFire) November 22, 2022
Our @BHWTOfficial rescue battery chickens have been enjoying a well earned retirement 🐓 In return they agreed to donate their eggs 🥚 for donations for @firefighters999👨🚒🚒 They managed to raise £29.60 which I have doubled to £60 💷Donate if you can to this worth cause 🙂 pic.twitter.com/kmO4OfQTBM
— UK Fire Paul (@UKFirePaul) November 23, 2022
Trevor Connolly is the Fire Fighters Charity supporter of the year. pic.twitter.com/YoiuDThQTF
— HWFire (@HWFire) November 23, 2022
⭐ The next award goes to Darren Hamon for his continued hard work to raise money for @firefighters999.
— West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (@WestSussexFire) November 24, 2022
— The Fire Fighters Charity (@firefighters999) November 25, 2022
Out today with the @firefighters999 at the @glasgowfort today and tomorrow. @ScottishFee_FFC @WedlockRichard #blazebear #charity @scotfire_glasgo @SFRHTtweet #christmascollection #fireservice #landrover #Christmas pic.twitter.com/6b9v9V981E
— Mathew Rooney (@damiendenis) November 26, 2022
Thank-you to everyone who helped to raise an amazing £3,315 at the Wellingborough Fire Station Open Day in September. The money raised helps @firefighters999 to support existing and retired members of the fire family with their mental & physical health or social wellbeing. pic.twitter.com/IIEDRfCn6p
— Northamptonshire Fire & Rescue (@northantsfire) November 28, 2022
On Saturday we welcomed young and old to have a "Brew with the Crew" during the Spilsby Christmas Market. Great to see so many people in the town getting into the festive spirit. Thanks to all who had a look around our fire engine and those who just wanted a chat. 🚒☕🎄🎅 pic.twitter.com/my7zNb9x7E
— Spilsby Fire Station (@SpilsbyFire) November 28, 2022
We also asked anyone regularly donating for the first time through November why they chose to support us:
While one said they’d used our services for a knee injury, so wanted to give back, another stated they’d “always had great respect for the service”.
Meanwhile one said they knew it’s a “good cause” and one said they’re part of three generations of firefighters in their family, so felt we were a cause close to their heart.
And for those giving one-off donations throughout the month:
One kind-hearted donor supported us in memory of their wife – and we thank them hugely for such a lovely gesture.
Another offered a donation following a local rescue, while one wanted to thank their local service for “help checking fire alarms and giving great advice”.
Finally, one stated with their donation: “Thank you attending an incident in our home.”