Firefighters doing their bit for charities

Firefighters from stations in the Omagh area will be holding a charity car wash on Saturday. The event is taking place from 10am to 4pm at Omagh Fire Station and is in aid of the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance, The Firefighters Charity and Adoption UK.

Kerry Anderson, head of fundraising at Air Ambulance NI., said: “We are so delighted that Omagh Fire Station has decided to do a car wash in aid of Air Ambulance NI. It’s great that the firefighters are giving up their time and taking on this challenge.

“Every day £5,500 needs to be raised to ensure the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service continues and we rely on the public for continued support. We hope as many as possible will pop down to get their car washed and donate generously.”

Watch Commander, Brian Birney, co-ordinator of the fundraising event, added: “We have also decided to support Adoption UK as this is a charity that is close to me and my family personally having received tremendous support from it.”

EJ Havlin, from Adoption UK, Northern Ireland, explains: “Adoption UK helps make adoption work by supporting families through training, legal help, a listening ear and the opportunity to meet and connect with other families. As a charity, we rely on funding to enable us to provide our services to give adopted children an equal chance and make a positive difference to their lives.”

Speaking on behalf of the Firefighters Charity, Station Commander, Nigel McGuffin, NI Service co-ordinator for the charity, said: “A big thank-you to all the firefighters in the Omagh area, who are giving up their free time to raise much needed funds for these three worthy charities. The Firefighter’s Charity provides much needed support to both serving and retired firefighters, support staff and their families in their time of need. I have seen first hand the difference the charity has made in supporting individuals and family members by providing rehabilitation, recuperation and welfare support”.

 “Everyone is invited to come along and support this worthwhile cause”

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