Raising the NHS flag generates £280 for Tayside Covid-19 fund

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If you drive along the High Street in Perth, you'll no doubt notice a bright rainbow flag, with the words Thank You NHS, flying above the fire station in a show of support to fellow key workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firefighters initially raised money to pay for the flag, but continued with their fundraising efforts and have now generated more than £280 for the local Tayside health fund.

The idea came from Crew Commander Steven Reid.

He said: "I wondered how we could raise a bit of money for our local NHS, but it proved to be a challenge during lockdown.

"Being unable to do the usual car wash or sponsored events, I thought why don't we fly a flag or banner to show our support to our NHS colleagues and collect some money at the same time.

"We looked at various flag designs, but agreed on the blue background with a bright rainbow decorated with stars.

"The rainbow has been a symbol of hope, so it was the right choice.

"The station sits on a prominent road so you can't miss it if you pass through here."

Gordon Pryde, SFRS Local Senior Officer for Dundee, Angus, Perth and Kinross, said: “This public show of support for our emergency service partners is really important at this challenging time.

"I would like to thank firefighters in Perth for not only working hard to maintain an essential emergency service during the pandemic, but for raising funds that will help the wider community in Tayside."

Visit NHS Tayside's Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/campaign/TaysideHealthFundCovid19

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