Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Charity competition in Dawn's memory

A charity football tournament has been organised by firefighters in memory of a much-loved mother who lost her battle to cancer.

Grays Fire Station’s Blue Watch will host the ‘Dawn Wright Shield’ competition at the Pegasus Club, in Corringham, on Saturday, July 23, from 10am.

The family fun day, which includes inflatables, stalls and a barbecue, has been taking place annually since the tragic passing of Dawn Wright in June 2011.

Mother-of-five Dawn was married to retired Leading Firefighter Bob Wright. Her daughter, Gemma Kirk, is an ECFRS Control Operator, who is married to Sub Officer Dan Kirk, based at Basildon Fire Station.

To date, the tournament has raised over £10,000 for both MacMillan Cancer Research and Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Firefighter Darren Banks, who helped organise the upcoming event, said: “We wanted to show our support for Bob and his family following Dawn’s passing.

“Five years ago, we all rallied together and decided to organise a charity tournament and the event has grown every year since.

“Cancer affects so many families all over the world. We hope with your support, we can raise even more funds for two fantastic causes.”

Sub O Kirk said: “The support Dawn’s family has received since 2011 has been amazing and I would like to thank everyone for their kindness.

“I would like to thank Gray’s Blue Watch, in particular Darren Banks, for setting up this this fantastic tournament for two charities close to Dawn’s heart.”






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