MORE than £3,000 has been handed out to charities in the Swadlincote area following a fund-raising drive by staff at the town’s fire station.
Six worthy causes have received donations from the fire station in its annual scheme to boost the funds for non-registered organisations in the local area.
The money was raised through a successful plant sale at the station and an open day which saw people heading down to look around the site and meet some of the staff.
Charities which benefitted were: Swadlincote Lung Support Group, 1st Church Gresley Brownies, Gresley Colliery Youth Band, Different Strokes and Newhall Matters. A donation was also given to aspiring tennis star William Nolan, who lives in the area.
Cheques were handed out at a ceremony earlier this month.
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, but this year they had a number of applications to choose from.
Firefighter Lee Houlton, who is based at Swadlincote, said: “Everybody was absolutely made up, and it was great they were able to have a donation to help their causes. Everything is positive.
“It’s important for us to be able to do this. It’s not our money, it’s the people of Swadlincote who have been supporting this.”
Mr Houlton added he thought this helped to foster real links with the local community.
“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.
“We’d like to thank the people of Swadlincote for their continuing support, as well as everybody that comes down to help.”