Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Colchester Fire Swim makes a splash for charity

More than £8,000 has been raised for local groups and charities through Essex County Fire and Rescue Service’s annual Fire Swim.

Sub Officer Jeremy Tuckwell, Chairperson of Colchester Fire Swim, presented the cheque to Station Officer Andre Turner, ECFRS co-ordinator for The Fire Fighters Charity, on September 13.

The presentation followed our fundraiser at Colchester Leisure World last year which saw 430 people – over 60 teams – swim for local charities.

Prizes were presented to the teams who swam the most lengths, raised the most money and wore the best fancy dress.

The funds will be split, with £4,000 going towards the work of The Fire Fighters Charity and £4,000 to local organisations and causes.

Sub O Tuckwell said: “I would like to thank the hundreds of swimmers who took part in last year’s Fire Swim.

“So much hard work and effort went into organising the event and we’re delighted that so many superb causes will benefit from the donations.”

ECFRS Fire Swim has been taking place annually since 1981, with tens of thousands raised for local charities. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 1.

Station O Turner said: “On behalf of The Fire Fighters Charity, I’d like to thank the Colchester Fire Swim committee for their continued support for the charity and other local causes.

“I would also like to thank for the all swimmers for taking part in such a popular and long running event. Your kind donations will really help improve peoples’ lives.”

If you would like to take part in this year’s event and have a team of six people, please email 

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