Firefighters and friends hit the charity jackpot

Fire crews and volunteers at one of the borough's charity car washes at the weekend
Fire crews and volunteers at one of the borough's charity car washes at the weekend

WIGANERS turned out in force to support the borough’s firefighters for their annual charity car wash.

Members of the Fire Service spent their weekend washing hundreds of vehicles during the traditional event and between the borough’s four stations £1,500 was raised.

The event has run across the region for many years and all the money raised on the day goes to The Fire Fighters Charity.

Wigan Borough Manager, Steve Sheridan, said: “Staff worked tirelessly and were even joined by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority councillors.

“It was a scorching day and it was a great way for us to engage with the communities across Wigan borough.

“The support The Fire Fighters Charity offers is extremely valued by all members of staff and it was great to raise so much for a worthy cause.

“So many cars and vans were cleaned, be it by our crews, our cadets or our volunteers.”

Fire crews at Wigan, Hindley, Leigh and Atherton were supported by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) volunteers and cadets, as well as GMFRS mascot, Cracker the fire dog.

And the new mascot made his first public appearance in the Wigan borough by joining in the car wash in Leigh.

Cracker, a six-foot labrador, will emerge as a significant figure across the region in the months to come and will help spread fire safety messages to youngsters across Greater Manchester.

Area Manager Dave Keelan, the fire service’s Head of Prevention Services, said: “Cracker is going to be a very important part of the GMFRS Prevention team.

“He’ll be helping children and grown-ups be safer by getting involved in community safety work and showing people all the easy things they can do to protect themselves and their homes against fire.

“There could not have been a better day for him to start work as the charity car washes were a great way to meet lots of people and it was all in aid of a very worthwhile cause.”

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