The Fire Fighters Charity
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service is a keen supporter of The Fire Fighters Charity, which provides treatment for sickness or injury and other welfare services to support injured firefighters, other fire and rescue service personnel and their families.
It costs over £9 million every year to keep the charity running, and with no government funding, the charity is completely reliant upon donations from the general public and fire community.
We help to promote national fundraising initiatives such as the annual car wash, and many of our staff organise their own sponsored challenges throughout the year, such as cycle rides, walks, and other endurance tests.
We also have clothing banks at many of our stations - Hucknall, Newark, Mansfield, Misterton, Stapleford, Stockhill, Tuxford, Warsop, West Bridgford, Worksop and Retford - and all money raised in this way goes to the charity. We are grateful for all your donations, but please remember not to block the route of our fire engines when you're delivering clothes, as we may be called out to an emergency while you're there.
In 2010 we hosted our first Ladies’ Driving Challenge at Newark Showground, which gave women the opportunity to drive a variety of different heavy duty vehicles, including a fire engine, a tractor, an HGV, a digger and even a hovercraft. This generated £15,000 for the charity. In 2011 the event raised £20,000, with over 100 lady drivers getting behind the wheel of vehicles which included a fire engine, HGV, 4x4 and a tank, and a similar amount was achieved in 2012.
You can find out more general information about The Fire Fighters Charity from its website.