Firefighters to wash cars in aid of charity

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Firefighters will be swapping hose reels for buckets and sponges when they take part in a charity car wash.

A team of off-duty firefighters, members of the Young Firefighters Association and service volunteers will take part in the event at Tynemouth Community Fire Station.

Motorists can take their cars to the station between 10am and 2pm on Saturday in return for a donation to the national Firefighters Charity.

The Firefighters Charity is the leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired fire service staff and their families, also providing rehabilitation services to assist in an accelerated return to work.

Group manager for community safety, Graham Smith, from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It costs over £8m every year to keep the Firefighters Charity running, and it is completely reliant upon donations and fundraising.

“Last year we raised over £283,000 through our car-wash events across the country in March and September.

“The event also gives firefighters a great opportunity to interact with a large cross-section of their communities and promote important fire safety initiatives.”