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THOUSANDS of pounds has been raised across Greater Manchester after firefighters soaped up their sponges for charity.
Dozens of car washes in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity took place at fire stations throughout March.
At the weekend (March 25-26) generous supporters turned up in their droves to fire stations, keeping the pounds flooding in. Bolton Central were non-stop with customers all day raising £1,813, Salford raised £450, Agecroft £407 and more than £1,000 was collected at Eccles. Broughton raised £312, £468 was the total at Marple and Horwich brought in £370. Whitefield’s car wash pulled in £330, Whitehill £83 and Moss Side raised £321.
Fire service staff and volunteers have spent hours scrubbing an array of vehicles at the weekends this month to raise an estimated £10,000 for the national charity, which provides support to existing and retired fire service staff and their dependents.
Alan Knell, from The Fire Fighters Charity, said: “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Greater Manchester – you’ve knocked it out the park this year! We would like to say a huge thank you to those who have donated and also to those who have given their time up to make these events happen.
“The national car wash league provides a vital source of income for the Charity. It costs £8.5 million a year to keep The Fire Fighters Charity running and with no regular Government funding, we rely completely on donations like these to keep us going.”
Group Manager Gary Jarvis, GMFRS charity coordinator added: “We’ve been amazed at the total we’ve brought in this year. Over 25 stations have taken part and I’d like to thank all those who have organised these events including our on and off-duty firefighters, cadets, Prince’s Trust members and our community volunteers.
“The Fire Fighters Charity supports a huge number of people and is not just for our operational staff but can lend support and help to anyone who works for the fire service and their dependents.”
Further car washes at some fire stations have also been organised for April. Follow us on social media for the latest information.