Crowland firefighters’ car wash is sealed with a birthday kiss

Firefighters Charity fundraisers gather around a classic Mini at the Crowland Fire Station car wash. SG130316-100TW
Firefighters Charity fundraisers gather around a classic Mini at the Crowland Fire Station car wash. SG130316-100TW
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A cheeky request from a generous motorist earned a woman of 80 a birthday kiss from one of Crowland’s firefighters.

Watch manager Stuart Annibele said: “It made her 80th birthday and, in return, she gave us £20 for our charity.”

Firefighters, their partners and children joined forces in the car wash event to raise a fantastic £1,349.70 for the Firefighters Charity.

Nearly 80 cars were washed on the day by the firefighters, with drivers making a minimum donation of £5 a time, while home-made cakes and teas were sold by their partners as children raffled Easter eggs donated by the Co-op.

Included in the grand total were refreshment sales amounting to £280 and £70 from the Easter eggs.

Stuart said: “We started washing cars at 10 o’clock and didn’t finish until 3.30pm – and we didn’t stop in between.”

Everyone involved was delighted with the total raised and grateful for massive support shown by residents.

“That’s what you get for being a community fire station,” said Stuart. “The community gets behind you.”

• Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter is welcome to find out more about the role by attending an open day at Crowland Fire Station between 10am-2pm on Sunday, May 8.

The service is open to men and women, aged 18 or more, who must be physically fit, have functional skills in maths and English and, ideally, live five minutes from the fire station.