Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Southend Christmas charity event

A special Christmas charity car boot sale was held at Southend Fire station on Saturday to raise money for the Fire Fighter’s Charity and local good causes.

The station opened its door to bargain hunters on Saturday December 12 as the fire ground became a car boot sale for the day. The sale raised £160 in total.

The boot sale included a Christmas party for 25 children from Temple Sutton Children’s Centre before Santa Claus was rescued from the station tower.

Station Officer Barrie May, who helped organise the event, said: “The bootsale and party was really enjoyable event and a real success. This event was part of our delivering differently in neighbourhoods initiative.

“I would like to thank Southend’s Fire Cadets and our Service Volunteers who helped on the day and sold homemade cakes and refreshments.

“I would also like to thank Waitrose in Fossetts Way for donating the 25 selection boxes, McDonalds for cooking meals for each child and Olympus Key Med for providing the music.”

The team will also donate £25 to the Raise a Penny for Lenny appeal, which will help pay for an operation for schoolboy and cerebral palsy sufferer, Lenny Pyne.

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