FIREFIGHTERS in Elmswell have been helping young and old in their community and on Saturday handed out cheques to nine organisations.
The retained team holds fund-raising activities throughout the year including car wash mornings but this year say they will be put on hold because of the hosepipe ban which came into effect yesterday.
During the year they raised just over £4,000 and on Saturday cheques were handed out to: The Companions, a group for people with dementia; Elmswell Cricket Club; The Millennium History Group; Elmswell Scouts; Mann’s Court old people’s home, for trips out; the Children’s Holiday Club, a summer club run by the village Fellowship of Churches; Elmswell Youth Football Club, towards a trip to Holland for a tournament for the under 12, under13 and under14 sides; Elmswell toddler group and The Sir Robert Gardener Almshouse Trust.
Brian Hawes, watch commander, said: “It is heartwarming to see how much this money helps local groups who really struggle in this current climate.”
The firefighters will be staging an open day at the School Road station in July.