County firefighters raise £26,000 in a day

Children in Need, 2011 - Child First Nursery, Bicester
Children in Need, 2011 - Child First Nursery, Bicester

Oxfordshire’s firefighters raised just over £26,000 in one day for this year’s Children in Need.

Crew members from Bicester Fire Station collected £5,880 on Friday – the largest total of any of the seven stations involved – although they did have a helping paw from Pudsey Bear.

Pete Mackay has been collecting at Bicester for more than 15 years.

He said: “As a brigade we are very pleased to have such a long standing tradition of our firefighters going the extra mile for charity.

“We have a long history of collecting for Children in Need and other charities, including The Firefighters Charity, and this was shown in the amount raised.

“Coupled with the ability for personnel to visit local schools, meet with the public and make the day an enjoyable experience as well as demonstrating what the Fire and Rescue Service can do with the community, makes it a very enjoyable day for all involved.”

Councillor Judith Heathcoat, of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “Every year firefighters and their families give up their own time to collect for Children in Need across the county.

“The amounts raised are extremely significant and reflect their admirable dedication.”

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was recently named Brigade of the Year at The Fire Fighters Charity Spirit of Fire Awards in London, where crews were recognised for their fundraising efforts.