FIREFIGHTERS will hold a charity car wash in Omagh on Saturday (September 22) to raise funds for several vital charities.
Proceeds from the event, which runs from 10am-4pm at Omagh Fire Station, will go towards the Northern Ireland Air Ambulance, The Firefighters Charity and Adoption UK.
Watch commander Brian Birney, is co-ordinating this event having personally witnessed the amazing work and contribution by all three chosen charities.
“We have decided to support Adoption UK as this is a charity that is close to me and my family personally having received tremendous support from it,” he said.
The Omagh firefighter has worked side-by-side with the Air Ambulance NI, and witnessed the outstanding work they do to give people swift emergency medical attention and a greater chance of survival.
Every day £5,500 needs to be raised to ensure the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service continues and it relies on the public for continued support.
Kerry Anderson, head of fundraising at Air Ambulance NI, said, “It’s great that the firefighters are giving up their time and taking on this challenge. We hope as many people as possible will pop down to get their car washed and donate generously.”
EJ Havlin from Adoption UK, Northern Ireland, also praised the support from the emergency services.
She said, “As a charity, we rely on funding to enable us to provide our services to give adopted children an equal chance and make a positive difference to their lives.”
Station Commander Nigel McGuffin (NI Service Co-ordinator) for the Firefighter’s Charity added his thanks, saying,
“The Firefighter’s Charity provides much needed support to both serving and retired firefighters, support staff and their families in their time of need.
“I have seen first hand the difference the charity has made in supporting individuals and family members by providing rehabilitation, recuperation and welfare support.”
Everyone is encouraged to come along and support this worthwhile cause.