Grantham firefighters raise a scorching £4.947 for charity

Grantham firefighters tour Grantham with Santa's sleigh to raise money for the Firefighters Charity.

Grantham firefighters tour Grantham with Santa's sleigh to raise money for the Firefighters Charity.

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Grantham firefighters have raised a ‘magnificent’ £4,947 during their fund-raising Santa sleigh tour of the town.

The firefighters toured the town for over a week, ending with a successful day in Welby Street on Saturday raising more than £1,400 with a tombola as well.

Pete Scarlett, crew manager of Green Watch in Grantham, said: “It’s magnificent. Each year we are collecting more and more. People in the town have been so generous.

“It’s been down to the hard work of the Green and Blue watches and our retained firefighters, and the office girls who did so much as well.”

Mr Scarlett also thanked Steve Meadows and Mick Eldred, of Colas, who provided the truckfor the float, and Simon Morley, of East Midlands Sound and Lighting, for the music and lights.

Mr Scarlett added: “It just makes us even more positive for next year. The money raised benefits firemen and their families.”

The proceeds from the tour go to The Fire Fighters Charity, which helps current and retired firefighters and their families.

Mr Scarlett says he will benefit as he is currently recovering from an operation and will need physiotherapy.

He said: “It just goes to show the goodwill there is in the community. We cannot thank people enough.”

The charity has three centres, in Devon, Cumbria and West Sussex, which offer a range of programmes, including physical rehabilitation and recuperation to members of the fire and rescue community. It costs £8 million a year to run the charity.