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CRACKER the new Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Fire Safety mascot went for walkies with a group of parents and toddlers to raise money for the Meningitis Trust recently.


Joining around 30 people on a 'Toddle Waddle' walk from Irlam Fire Station on Wednesday, April 11, Cracker was accompanied by Salford Community Safety Advisors Martin Farrell and Mel Bowling as well as two Community Action Team volunteers.

Mel said: "Cracker was there to hand out balloons and stickers to the little ones and to start out with them on walkies. 

"We were supporting Salford Council and it was all about raising the profile of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and supporting their message about living a healthy lifestyle while also showing them that GMFRS and our fire stations are at the heart of the community."

Infant Feeding worker Lisa Thomas from Salford's Health Improvement Service said: "We use the community room every week at Irlam Fire Station and mums and toddlers come together and we talk and go on walks.

"But it was great that on this occasion Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service could assist us with the toddle waddle to raise money for the Meningitis Trust.

"We had a healthy breakfast made in Irlam Fire Station's kitchen and the fire service volunteers were great, helping us hand out stickers and we had face painting too."


Cracker was joined by Monty the Duck from The Meningitis Trust. Mel added: "The children loved Cracker who handed out balloons to everyone but he had to go and have a drink of water before he could finish the full walk."

Last update: 11/04/2012 14:32:00
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