Picture that! Newton Stewart Firefighter creates picture calendar for NHS and Family Support Trust

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By Steven ONeill

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A retained firefighter and amateur photographer has created a special calendar to raise money for the NHS and a Fire Service charity.

David McCreadie has been a firefighter in Newton Stewart for 28 years and put his mind to finding a way to help the services during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

By combining his love of photography and passion for the emergency services he decided on creating this special calendar which includes pictures of the local area.

In his spare time the 55-year-old runs an online blog where he regularly posts picture updates and has amassed over 6,000 followers.

By pitching the initial idea and his efforts to raise funds for the NHS and Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s Family Support Trust to his loyal following is already off to a great start.

He said: “I love taking pictures and really wanted to do something that would help the local NHS and the pressures the staff face at this time.

“Photography is a keen hobby of mine and I’m really proud to be able to create something that people enjoy seeing on my blog but also using this following to help raise funds for two very important beneficiaries.

“I’d like to say a special thanks to the local printer I work with regularly as they have waived their fees ensuring I can donate all proceeds to both the NHS and SFRS Family Support Trust.”

David, who works as a landscape gardener joined his local Fire Station in Dumfries in Galloway in 1992.

Since then, he has attend at emergency incidents across the region ensuring that communities are kept safe.

Just like 282 other retained and volunteer stations across Scotland firefighters at Newton Stewart respond to emergencies via a pager system and will immediately drop everything in order to respond to a 999 call.

Speaking about the job as a retained firefighter he said: “Even after all this time I still love being a retained firefighter.

“It’s an extremely rewarding job and there is a thrill aspect to it.

“It’s funny, because I’m always thinking about how to get to the station if I’m elsewhere in the town – it’s even to the point where I’ll always park my car facing that direction for ease just in case.”

To order your own copy of David’s calendar visit Dabhand's Blog on Facebook.


 

 

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