Sponges at the ready for charity car washes


As COVID-19 restrictions ease, Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) firefighters from Hicks Gate and Portishead will have buckets, sponges and hoses at the ready for simultaneous charity car washes in aid of two important causes. 

On Saturday 26 June, from 10am until 4pm, teams from both stations will hold car washes in support of the Fire Fighters Charity and Firefighter Ollie Hatfield who has recently been diagnosed with bowel cancer. 

Ollie works as both an on-call firefighter for Portishead, and is part of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team based at Hicks Gate. Both stations are working together to support Ollie and his family, as well as the Fire Fighters Charity.

Shane Saunders, Hicks Gate Watch Manager, and close friend of Ollie, said: “If you’re in the area and your car is in need of a clean, we’d love to see you, to give your car a wash and help us make a difference.

“These events are for both the Fire Fighters Charity and in aid of Ollie Hatfield. My hope is to raise as much as possible to support Ollie and his young family.”

The locations of both car washes are below:

Hicks Gate Fire Station, Durley Hill, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 2AF

Lidl Car Park, Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7DE

All the money raised from the car wash, which runs between 10am and 4pm, will be divided between Ollie and the Fire Fighters Charity, which provides support services and treatment to more than 13,500 serving and retired members of staff from UK fire and rescue services. It is run at a cost of £9 million a year and is entirely reliant on donations from the general public and fire community.