Praise for Buckie crew's decade of fundraising

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Firefighters in Moray raise nearly £40,000 in 10 years.

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Generous firefighters in Moray have been praised for their charitable efforts; after it emerged the crew from Buckie Fire Station has raised nearly £40,000 for good causes over the past decade.

Charities helping children, injured firefighters and people affected by cancer have all received donations thanks to the firefighters giving-up their free time to stage open days, car washes, a clothing bank and Christmas collections.

Area Manager David Rout, the senior Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) officer in Aberdeenshire and Moray, said: “The team at Buckie Fire Station have shown they really are a true pillar of the community.

“Doug Annand, Alan Cruickshank and their staff have continually raised money for charities and clubs and their terrific efforts over ten years will have made a real difference to many lives in Buckie and much further afield.

“The support given to the crew by residents and businesses in the community has been massively appreciated by the firefighters, and I know they would like to thank the many people who helped along the way.”

Buckie and District Cancer Support Group, National Children’s Home, the Teddy Bear Development Playgroup and Buckie Community High School’s Tanzania Exchange Group are among the local good causes that have been backed by the SFRS crew.

Firefighters and their dependents across the UK have also been supported by their efforts with funds going to The Fire Fighters Charity, which helps injured personnel to recover and provides much-needed relief to families in times of financial or emotional difficulty.

Watch Manager Alan Cruickshank explained: “The Fire Fighters Charity helped me when I broke my arm a few years ago: I spent six weeks receiving physio at their centre in Penrith.

“Their help made a big difference to me and after I recovered it seemed right to do something in return, and thankfully the crew were up for raising money for them.

“Since 2003 we’ve managed to raise around £29,000 for The Fire Fighters Charity as well as another £10,000 for other charities and clubs, most of which were suggested by crew members and are local to the area.

“I want to thank the public for supporting our team so generously over the decade. Despite the tough economic times they’ve always given us their backing and we really are grateful to them.”

For more information on The Fire Fighters Charity, visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk.

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