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Firefighters set for extra festive charity push

By Alan Beresford

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BUCKIE'S retained firefighters are putting in an extra effort to raise even more cash for good causes this festive season.

One of Buckie's fire appliances out on the street collection run last year.
Picture: Buckie fire station
One of Buckie's fire appliances out on the street collection run last year. Picture: Buckie fire station

The sight of the team and a suitably decorated fire engine touring local streets is part of the calendar in the Buckie area in the run-up to Christmas and this year an extra few days have been set aside to the charity collection.

This year's campaign gets under way next Tuesday evening when the fire engine will be visiting Portgordon and will finish on Thursday December 19.

The full schedule is: Tuesday, December 10 –Portgordon; Wednesday and Thursday, December 11-12 – Buckpool; Friday, December 13 –Findochty; Tuesday, December 17 – Portessie and Rathven; Wednesday, December 18 – Millbank; Thursday, December 19 –Highfield Road, Munro way, Alba Road and Whispering Meadows.

The fire fighters plus an appliance will also be at Buckie Tesco for a good part of the day on the Sundays of December 15 and 22.

Funds raised from the street collections will join cash raised from other ventures throughout the year, including charity car washes, in being distributed between the Firefighters' Charity and local good causes. Typically thousands of pounds is raised each year from the Christmas collection alone.

Last March saw almost £10,000 handed over to a variety of groups and charities.

The Firefighters' Charity helps members of the Fire Service community, serving or retired, deal with various issues or obstacles they may face dealing with issues relating to their physical or mental health or social wellbeing. This can range from advice and support to rehabilitation after suffering an injury.

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