October started off with another action-packed London Marathon and ended with a spook-tacular Halloween – and our fire services community have fundraised their hearts out for us once again.
Just one of the many incredible efforts came from Becks Bryant-Thomas, who bought our Charity pins to offer out as wedding favours at her wedding – all while raising more than £400 for us through donations. What a star, and she’s one of many over the last four weeks…
Very proud to say that by buying Charity Pins from @firefighters999 for wedding favours at our wedding breakfast and having an option for donations to the charity as a wedding present, we have successfully raised at least £400 for The Fire Fighters Charity from or wedding. ♥️??? pic.twitter.com/21qAEt2PWn
— Becks Bryant-Thomas (@becks_bryant) October 8, 2022
Below are just a few more 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.
Dave Collins, from Sudbury, has recently completed a 30-year career in the FRS. He's created two exciting stories based on the adventures of Henry, Oliver, Buster and Gregorious, with 10% of the sale of each book donated to us.
Follow their travels ? https://t.co/ULe6jPisME
— The Fire Fighters Charity (@firefighters999) October 20, 2022
Day three over, now resting at Bridge of Orchy. Some amazing scenery. 20 miles covered with the team. A big shout out to Graeme Ramsey, Fiona Ramsey and Colin Maclellan with @TheGreenWelly for sorting us out with coffee and cakes.
Rasing money for @firefighters999@SOBScharity pic.twitter.com/Q3CyObDl7k
— Walk With Speighty – West Highland Way 2022 (@walkwispeighty) October 26, 2022
Great day out @_ukro Festival of Rescue, not only a competition but showcasing physical & mental challenges firefighters meet on a regular basis. @firefighters999 Charity provides vital support to both serving and retired firefighters. https://t.co/3Apwd0nKwi#UKRO2022 #charity pic.twitter.com/UrqHX6OjOK
— goDonate (@godonate_int) October 1, 2022
— The Fire Fighters Charity (@firefighters999) October 2, 2022
Absolutely right ?
An incredible photo of Firefighter Will who completed the #LondonMarathon yesterday for us. Well done and congratulations, Will! ??#FireFamily #MondayMotivation @NorthYorksFire @ootfp_itfs https://t.co/tullbKmmHw
— The Fire Fighters Charity (@firefighters999) October 3, 2022
Tonight we held our cheque presentation from this year's Broadwater Carnival and Fire Station Open Day event. £11,100 was raised for The Fire Fighters Charity and local nominated charities. A big thank you to everyone involved. https://t.co/GkWqyFdpiB pic.twitter.com/CEDk69WVs0
— Worthing Fire Station (@WorthingFire) October 11, 2022
Fantastic day @CostcoUK Liverpool raising vital funds for @LWHCharity and @firefighters999 with crews from @MerseyFire including some of our latest recruits! Our people are simply the best @PhilGarrigan #firefighters #charity #fundraising #lwh pic.twitter.com/fGNtda6jLP
— Lauren Woodward (she/her) (@lozfiremac) October 2, 2022
Good luck to members of #TeamSouthWales who will be hitting the water tomorrow morning for a challenging 30km coastal swim from Penarth Pier ➡️ Atlantic College, Llantwit Major to raise vital funds for @firefighters999 ????????
— South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (@SWFireandRescue) October 2, 2022
On Saturday evening, the lucky winner of our 'guess where balze bear is' game from our open day attended the station to receive their blaze bear toy ?Thanks to everyone who attended and donated during the day, vital funds raised for the @firefighters999 pic.twitter.com/esnNOqEpzf
— Lowestoft South Fire Station (@LowestoftSouth) October 3, 2022
— @MrYTeacherGuy (@MrYTeacherGuy) October 3, 2022
Well done to Steve & Stewart who completed their 350 mile cycle yesterday?♀️Steve would like to thank all sponsors & crews at Killin & Oban stations who made them both so welcome.
— County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service (@CDDFRS) October 3, 2022
Two of the station collecting the Country Fundraising Award for collecting the most money in aid of @firefighters999 this evening.
Joined by two scouts who helped organise and ran a joint Car Wash ? ?
— Bridgnorth Station (@SFRS_Bridgnorth) October 3, 2022
? We are here at Nottingham’s Goose Fair raising money for the @firefighters999.
Come and see us opposite the play area. ? pic.twitter.com/wFB9f5a8om
— Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (@nottsfire) October 4, 2022
This past weekend crews from Leverton hosted a charity horse race night in aid of @firefighters999
All together we raised
?? £1429.50 ??
Thank you to all who donated,all the crew at Leverton but a special thank you to CM Rogan & his wife Joanna for organising the event pic.twitter.com/Mw7EN1Xadx
— LevertonFireStation (@leverton_fire) October 5, 2022
Hereford Fire Station's open day last Saturday raised a fantastic £2,934 for the Fire Fighters Charity.
"We would like to thank everyone who came along in such great numbers, and for being so generous," said Crew Commander Spencer Jones, the day's organiser. pic.twitter.com/x6fETmHklZ
— HWFire Hereford (@HWFireHereford) October 5, 2022
On Saturday (1st) I attended the Wellingborough fire station open day. Great event engaging with the public, crews also demonstrated cutting a casualty from a vehicle ???@northantsfire @FireChiefNhants @20NFRS @firefighters999 pic.twitter.com/r69nJ51uaD
— Molly Hill (@Mollyhill2004) October 6, 2022
???✨ £3,292.14 raised for @firefighters999 ???✨
Thank you to everyone who attended our Open Day and Transform Games event on Saturday, where we managed to raise an amazing amount for a fantastic cause! ??? pic.twitter.com/eTzHcEcByJ
— County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service (@CDDFRS) October 6, 2022
— Dave Smith (@DaveS_FireCtrl) October 6, 2022
— euan cameron (@islingtonscot) October 6, 2022
Well done to Kirky Amber Watch for raising £185 for the @firefighters999 at their recent Charity Car Wash. This was a great effort from all the Crew despite the weather being against them! #ffcharity #charitycarwash #communityspirit pic.twitter.com/GJ1eQJ1ZFU
— @Scotfire_EWDAB (@abewdhq) October 7, 2022
Yesterday (06/10) our Chief Fire Officer, Ian Hayton and Assistant Chief Fire Officer and Brigade Champion, Carl Boasman had the pleasure of meeting the CEO of @firefighters999 Jill Tolfrey and Corporate Fundraiser Sylvia Stoneham at our HQ. ?? pic.twitter.com/A9jVO4ENlM
— ClevelandFB (@ClevelandFB) October 7, 2022
Congratulations to the @NorthYorksFire Firefighters & @RisedaleFamily Cadets who raised £600 from their charity ladder climb on Sat 24th September ?? . The money will be shared between @firefighters999, @YorkshireAirAmb & other local charities. Amazing work everyone!!!! ? pic.twitter.com/OTITzFvMx7
— Risedale School (@RisedaleFamily) October 17, 2022
— Paula Lyons (@PaulaLy89699524) October 8, 2022
— Redbridge Fire Stn (@Redbridge53) October 8, 2022
The Caravan Company Managing Director, Andrew Scott is pictured presenting Rob Berwick & Tony Evans with a £1000 cheque for the 'Fire Fighters Benevolent Fund'.
Big Thanks to Northamptonshire Fire Service for excellent work on Fri 8th July when a fire broke out @thecaravanco pic.twitter.com/YEFmoVYvLn
— The Caravan Company (@thecaravanco) October 4, 2022
— Beth Francis (@x_bnff) October 8, 2022
Thanks to your amazing generosity we’ve managed to raise £3000 for @firefighters999
— Shirebrook Fire Station (@ShirebrookFire) October 9, 2022
Stranraer Fire Station personnel along with our Youth Volunteers took part in charity car wash at the weekend and raised an amazing £1304 split between the Volunteers and the Fire Fighters charity. @DGfire_safety @ThomasKeay @ScottIrving11 @,Dumfries @YOUTHWORKDG @SFRSOps pic.twitter.com/ps3dym7YzT
— @DGfire.safety (@DGfire_safety) October 10, 2022
Trick or Treat? ?
We chose Treat! ?
Today we have had a SPOOKTACULAR bake sale to raise money for @firefighters999 Charity who work hard to support and empower the quality of life for serving and retired firefighters.#Halloween #SpookyCookie pic.twitter.com/qCvsMZ2hd3
— ClevelandFB (@ClevelandFB) October 31, 2022
A whopping £1232 was raised for @firefighters999 from Friday’s quiz night in memory of our friend and colleague Mark Goodfellow.
A special to all the teams who took part and especially the quizmaster Robin supported by Marie, Mike and Ceri. pic.twitter.com/V4QbQ83dP1
— Wadebridge Community Fire Station (@WadebridgeCFRS) October 30, 2022
Did we mention we have a raffle today?
Amongst the prizes are vouchers, a pressure washer, jewellery and this amazing cake, donated by an ex Fess member of staff who lives locally ? pic.twitter.com/DNaPzFO05u
— Christchurch FireStn (@DWFRSXchurch) October 29, 2022
On an extremely miserable day with a couple of breaks in weather, Dumbarton’s car wash still managed to raise £282 for firefighters charity. pic.twitter.com/F80oS6cbgr
— @Scotfire_EWDAB (@abewdhq) October 11, 2022
Well done to vol FF Jackson who raised £517 for @firefighters999 £720 for the air ambulance at the vintage vehicle and farming rally he organised with his brother and dad in Goathland ????? pic.twitter.com/hPdDYJQXAP
— Goathland Volunteer Fire Station (@NYFRS_Goathland) October 12, 2022
— Craig Sadler (@craigsadler3) October 16, 2022
Thank you to Cheadle Rotary Club who came to station to very kindly donate £200 to the fire fighters charity and £200 to McMillian cancer following our open day and coffee morning, meaning in total we have raised over £1000 for the fire fighters charity and £1200 for McMillian!! pic.twitter.com/Z6MGkadeXf
— Wilmslow Fire Station (@WilmslowFS) October 17, 2022
— Daniel Hockley ?? (@DanHockley) October 21, 2022
— Berkhamsted Fire On-Call (@BerkhamstedFire) October 23, 2022
— Typhoo Tea (@Typhoo_Tea) October 25, 2022
Thank you to everyone who came and made our event amazing. We couldn’t of done it without all of you and your donations.
— GlossopFireStn (@GlossopFireStn) October 26, 2022
— s (@_Borhams) October 28, 2022
This morning we have completed our Walkathon of 400 miles 3 days early raising £520 for the Fire Fighters Charity! We are super proud of every person that has taken part & thankful to everyone who has donated #HerosInHeadSets @CR_Week #ControlRoomWeek https://t.co/RSbSQacDHm
— Staffordshire and West Midlands Fire Control (@SWMFireControl) October 28, 2022
Today, @LangleyFireStn opened its doors to visitors for the Service's second Open Day of the week. Crews ran several demonstrations, gave safety advice and showed guests around the Station.#OneTeamForBerkshire pic.twitter.com/0aaUw3SPPt
— Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (@RBFRSofficial) October 28, 2022
— Anna Mathieson (@MrsM_SENTA_EY) October 30, 2022
We also asked anyone regularly donating for the first time through October why they chose to support us:
While one stated they’d used our services, another stated he was in the fire service and “one day it may be him”.
One was a survivor in a house fire, while another said: “Firefighters help lots of people and do not get government funding.”
Thank you to everyone who’s donated to us, and continues to do so. We couldn’t offer our vital support without you.
And for those giving one-off donations throughout the month:
One family visited their local station with their children and had a great time, while another donated to “help all the brave firefighters who may need help”.
Meanwhile, one said they’d “benefitted from mental health support”, one donated in memory of their brother, and another said it was as a thanks for “the kindness shown by some of your team.”