Exmouth firefighters gear up for charity family fun day

Exmouth firefighters are gearing up for a two-day challenge to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and injured firefighters.

The town’s firefighters will, in August, hold a weekend of family fun in a bid to raise more than �10,000 for the two causes.

The cash raised will be split between the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support and the Firefighters’ ‘rehab’ Charity.

The fun starts on Saturday, August 13, where from 10am until 4pm, Exmouth fire station, on Liverton Business Park, in Salterton Road, will be a hive of activity, with fire safety demonstrations, children’s activities and stalls.

Exmouth’s mayor, Sandra Sutton, will officially open the event.

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Firefighters will also be taking part in a 24-hour cross-trainer relay at various locations throughout Exmouth.

During the evening, volunteers will be collecting cash from Exmouth’s pub and club-goers.

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The following day, Sunday, August 14, firefighters will raise funds pulling a fire engine the length of the seafront and back.

Firefighter Nigel Alford said: “We are organising a family open day with a community safety theme.

“We really do have a great weekend in prospect and are so grateful for the truly fantastic support we have received.

“Please do book the weekend in your diary – you will regret it if you miss out.

“I’d be glad to hear from anyone who can help out in any way – we are especially short of volunteers who can give us an hour or two for the family open day on the Saturday.

“Also, I’d be glad to hear from anyone who would like to hold their own fundraiser in support of these two charities.”

The fire service will be displaying and demonstrating its heavy-duty high-impact equipment used in house fires, line rescues and traffic accidents.

There will also be a barbecue, refreshments, a bouncy castle and stalls.

A grand draw and auction will take place during the afternoon.

Nationwide Building Society has already come forward with an �800 donation.

l To lend a hand, or for more information, contact Exmouth fire station on (01395) 263616.

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