Firefighters and police hand over money to good causes

Cheques totalling more than £10,000 have been handed over to charities by firefighters and police next week.

In January staff from Avon Fire & Rescue Service and Avon and Somerset Constabulary went toe-to-toe in a fundraising boxing match to raise money for three organisations.

Amateur boxers representing the two emergency services took part in a series of licensed bouts to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity, the Police Benevolent Fund and Royal Marines, 40 Commando.

More than 500 people attended the event at Bristol Marriott Hotel to watch the boxers compete in the Battle of the Blue Lights.

Through ticket sales and a charity auction a total of £10,797.49 was raised, which will be split equally between the three organisations.

Station Manager Derrick Hone, who organised the event on behalf of Avon Fire & Rescue Service, said: “I have been overwhelmed by the support we received from sponsors and all those who came along on the night and dug so deep in their pockets.

“To raise more than £10,000 for the organisations we were supporting far exceeded our expectations. Both myself and PC Jamie McCall at Avon and Somerset Constabulary are delighted to be able to help three very deserving causes.”