AROUND £8,000 will be handed out to charities in the Swadlincote area following a fund-raising drive by staff at the town’s fire station.
Worthy causes will receive donations from the fire station as part of its annual scheme to boost the funds for non-registered organisations in the local area.
The money was raised through the latest plant sale at the station
Firefighter Lee Houlton, who is based at Swadlincote, said: “Swadlincote fire station held its 25th annual charity plant sale during the last week of May and we wanted to thank the residents of Swadlincote for their continued support towards the event and congratulate them on helping to raise £7,881.42 for charity.
“We are now inviting letters from groups and causes within the Swadlincote area to apply for a donation.”
The fund-raising scheme has been running at the station for more than 20 years. Groups are invited to write in to the station requesting some funding and the staff there choose the most worthy causes. In recent years, they have struggled to get people to write in for the donations.
Charities which have benefitted in the past are Swadlincote Lung Support Group, 1st Church Gresley Brownies, Gresley Colliery Youth Band, Different Strokes and Newhall Matters.
Mr Houlton added: ““We’ve always had quite a close connection and a close community spirit.
“We have got people whose faces we see year on year and they keep coming back to support us. We’re hoping they feel the money has gone to good causes.”