Firefighters net large haul of donations after charity collection in north east fishing villages
23 December 2013
Crews decked the Buckie water carrier in Christmas lights and walked beside it on foot with collection buckets
Firefighters angling for charity donations have been overwhelmed by the response to their annual festive tour of some of the north east's many fishing villages and towns.
Buckie's Christmas loving fire crews lit the station's water carrier up like a tree and drove it through the town before taking the festive convoy to the nearby villages of Portgordon and Findochty.
Firefighters carrying collection buckets accompanied the vehicle around the streets on foot in a bid to persuade the public to dig deep for a variety of good causes.
The response from the local communities was astonishing and they helped firefighters net an incredible £3500 for community charities and the Firefighters' Charity.
The collections by the Buckie retained crews took place between Tuesday 10 December and Saturday 14 December. It is a voluntary, annual event organised by the crew at Buckie Fire Station.
Buckie Watch Manager Dougie Annand said: "It really is a fantastic amount of money we have managed to raise. It shows the tremendous community spirit we have here and how generous people are."
He added: "The fire service is very involved in the community and it is very humbling to see the community recognise the work we do through their generosity."
"The money will be divided between community charities, but a high percentage will go to the Firefighters Charity."
Local Senior Officer for Aberdeenshire and Moray, David Rout, said: "Once again I am astounded by the kindness and generous donations provided by the public and towards such a good cause. Our firefighters in Buckie are to be applauded for their continued voluntary work in supporting their local community groups."