Volunteers week - Andy Hunter

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Andy speaks about his role and why he volunteers

Andy Hunter

Firefighter Andy Hunter has been a firefighter for 27 years and has volunteered for The Fire Fighters Charity since he started his first shift.

Andy, who is 48 and from Dunfermline, lives with his partner Linda and their five dogs – four springer spaniels and a miniature dachshund.

And he is no stranger to raising money through organising activities such as driving days at Knockhill Racing Circuit and teaming up with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!

He spoke of his role as the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service this week celebrates the outstanding work of all of its volunteers.

Each and every day they work to protect communities, raise vital charity funding and preserve the heritage of the world’s fourth largest emergency service.

We are launching this campaign as part of Volunteers Week, a celebration of notable people across the UK between June 1-7.

Firefighter Hunter said: “I do it to help people.  It’s really rewarding and I’m always on the hunt to raise more money.

“I have raised in excess of six figures for the charity.

“It’s not just about raising money.  It’s about making sure serving and retired firefighters, fire service personnel and their families get the support they need.

“The charity offers a range of support programmes including physical rehabilitation, recuperation, nursing care and psychological support services at dedicated rehabilitation centres.

“It costs over £8m a year to meet the needs of our beneficiaries, so fundraising is extremely important.

“I’ve helped the charity so long now that anyone knows they can come and ask me for help.

“If I can help them then I will.”

More information on The Fire Fighters Charity is available on its website, www.firefighterscharity.org.uk