Charities benefit from service celebration

FireFighters Charity donation (from left) Nicky Hoad, Justin Witt, Alison Witt, Matthew Witt, Stuart Kirkby.
FireFighters Charity donation (from left) Nicky Hoad, Justin Witt, Alison Witt, Matthew Witt, Stuart Kirkby.
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Fire service staff raised more than £2,700 for charity at an event celebrating the life of a former fire officer.

Representatives of The Fire Fighters Charity and Papworth Hospital received cheques from event organiser Nicky Hoad at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters in Huntingdon.

The fun family event, which took place in October at Milton Community Centre, South Cambs, saw more than 100 people attend to celebrate the life of Paul Witt, a station commander at CFRS, who sadly died in 2012.

Nicky, watch commander at CFRS’ Combined Fire Control, said: “I was completely blown away by the generosity and support of everyone involved in raising such an amazing amount of money for the two charities.

“The success of the event shows how highly thought of Paul was by the people he worked with. He was such a very special person to us all and is very sorely missed. He will always remain in our thoughts.”

At the cheque presentation on Monday (February 3) Paul Witt’s family also attended and showed their support for the two charities.

Stuart Kirkby, from The Fire Fighters Charity, said: “Generous donations such as this are gratefuly received and help tremendously towards funding the benefits that are provided by the charity to the fire service community and their families.”

Kate Lancaster, Corporate Services Director at Papworth Hospital, added: “We feel honoured to be one of two charities to benefit from fundraising efforts at this celebration organised by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service. The money will go towards supporting our life-saving services here at Papworth Hospital.”