SFRS staff working to keep children warm this winter

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Big-hearted SFRS staff have banded together to help keep children warm this winter.

Renfrewshire-based support staff have raised funds and purchased more than 30 jackets for children in need of assistance.

The donation has been made via the Glasgow No1 Baby and Family Support Centre, which exists to provide free clothing and household goods to families across Glasgow.

Each year, the charity organises for children living in poverty to receive a visit from Santa Claus and ensures they have access to warm clothing.

Central staffing assistant Amanda Phee is based at the SFRS regional HQ in Johnstone and helped organise the fundraising efforts after her team decided to make better use of their Secret Santa funds.

She said: "I can't believe how much people have been willing to donate, the whole team has been so generous.

"My car boot is full of jackets but I'm still hoping to pick up a few more.

"I have a child and can't imagine having to choose between a Christmas present or a jacket for them, so hopefully this can make a massive difference.

"I've spoken to the team and I think it's something we'll look to do next year as well."

The jackets will now be handed over to charity officials before being distributed.

Amanda's efforts have also been praised by SFRS Head of Response and Resilience Deputy Assistant Chief Officer David Farries.

He said: "I'd like to thank Amanda and all of her colleagues for working to support this worthwhile cause.

"It's easy to forget sometimes that not everyone has access to essentials that many of us take for granted.

"That is why it's so important that fundraising efforts like this continue - particularly during these challenging times."

For more on the work of the Glasgow No1 Baby and Family Support Centre, visit https://www.gn1bfss.com/

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