Firefighters thank community for helping to raise more than £5,000 for Haiti earthquake victims

Firefighters from across Avon Fire & Rescue Service have been raising money for the Haiti earthquake victims.

Over the last week four charity car wash events have seen firefighters from Bath, Nailsea, Avonmouth and Portishead fire stations buffing bonnets and washing windscreens.

Each event saw huge queues at the fire stations with more than £5,000 raised for the Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal fund and the Search and Rescue Assistance in Disaster (SARAID) charity.

The car washes followed the return of Avon Fire & Rescue Service firefighters Rob Davis and Paul Incledon, who recently spent a week in Haiti as part of their voluntary roles with SARAID.

Speaking about the success of the car washes, Station Manager Rob Davis said: “This is a fantastic achievement for all those involved and I would like to thank members of the community and my colleagues for their generosity and support over the last couple of weeks.

“As a small independent charity, SARAID relies heavily on donations from members of the public and the only way we can continue to provide humanitarian aid is by receiving donations like this.

“All members of SARAID are volunteers and are very dedicated and passionate about the work we do. Many even dip into their own pockets to ensure we can continue to operate as a charity.

“I would also like to thank the families and employers of the SARAID team for their fantastic support as without this many of us would be unable to assist countries like Haiti in their hour of need.”

Total amount raised at each fire station car wash:

Bath Fire Station - £1,597.09

Avonmouth Fire Station - £781.94

Nailsea Fire Station - £1,614.32

Portishead Fire Station - £1,253.27

Final total raised: £5,246,62.