- Sunday, 08 December 2013 12:00
A group of young people from Children’s Hospice South West met Father Christmas, thanks to firefighters from Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS).
On Sunday 8 December Green Watch at Bedminster Fire Station hosted a Christmas party for 11 children from the Wraxall-based charity at Charlton Farm.
As well as the chance to meet Santa in his grotto, the children were entertained by a children’s entertainer, watched a demonstration of AF&RS’s Aerial Rescue Pump (ARP) and found out more about life in the fire and rescue service.
Bedminster Fire Station Manager, Rob Seaman, said: “With the festive season around the corner, this was a great opportunity for us to spread the fire safety message as well as put on a treat for the youngsters.
“While they enjoyed the fun and entertainment, firefighters talked to their parents and carers about the importance of working smoke alarms and escape routes.
“Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke is enough to make someone lose consciousness and a smoke alarm could also assist your family’s escape by activating at the first sign of fire.
“We also asked parents to make sure everyone in the house knows how to get out safely in the event of a fire.”
Annie Anderton, sibling worker at Charlton Farm said: “On behalf of the families who will be enjoying the Christmas party on Sunday I want to say a very big thank you to Avon Fire & Rescue Service for inviting us to share the fun.
“It’s wonderful that our children will get to hear about the world of the fire service in this way. I am sure it will be a memorable experience for all. Thanks also to Sainsbury’s for their generosity. Days out like this are so beneficial to our families and go a long way to help us deliver our promise to make the most of short and precious lives.”
The party has been organised by members of Green Watch with food supplied by Sainsbury’s, Winterstoke Road, Ashton, Bristol.