Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Colchester Fire Swim charities pick up their cheques

The Fire Fighters Charity collected £5,000 and other local charities shared another £5,000 as proceeds from last year’s Fire Swim were handed out at the annual presentation evening at Colchester fire station on Friday.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Paul Hill presented the Fire Fighters Charity cheque to Bryan Mansfield. And a representative from sponsors Travis Perkins, who have been supporting the event for the past six years, handed over cheques to representatives from all local organisations receiving donations. They were: Acorn Villages; Colchester Carers Centre’ 1st Layer Brownies’ Headway, Colchester; Gt & Lt Horkesley Club; Stepping Stones; 25th Colchester Guides; Age UK, 1st Alresford and 1st Elmstead Scounts; The Evergreens; Rainbow Pre-School; Beacon House; Greenstead Community Centre; Children’s Community Nursing; 1st Leavenheath Scouts; Ardleigh Mill Green Trust; Colchester Hospitals Charity; Hospital Radio; CC&PC Centre; MS, UK; Tiptree Pre-School; Acorns Pre-School; St Raphael Club; Parkinsons UK, Out There and Colchester Furniture Project.

Trophies were also presented to: Most lengths – pigeon fanciers; Most sponsorship – Headway; Fancy dress – 3rd Stanway Brownies; Kim Collier Trophy – 36th Colchester Garrison Scouts and the Trevor Porter Trophy – Alan Smith and George Bruce.

The popular Fire Swim event – which takes place in October - has been running since 1981 and raised more than half a million pounds. The event, organised by Colchester Fire Station, attracts teams representing the entire community with people of all ages and abilities taking part. The 24-hour event fills all six lanes of the pool with teams of six taking over a lane for an hour at a time and swimming in relay.

Plans are already under way for the 2013 event on October 5. If you would like more information or to register to take part, visit

Colchester firefighter Jeremy Tuckwell, Chairman of Fire Swim, said: “Both the event and the presentation evening were an enormous success. 27 organisations and charities benefitted from the 2012 event and we’re proud the money will go towards a diverse range of projects in the local community. Organisations represent the elderly, homeless, young people, health and welfare. We’d like to thank all the swimmers that took part to raise the money and all the volunteers that give up their time year after year before, during and after the event.”

To view the photos taken at the fire swim presentation evening please click below:

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