Avonmouth and Nailsea firefighters wash cars for Haiti appeal

Firefighters at two Avon Fire & Rescue Service stations will be showing their support for people in earthquake-hit Haiti by holding charity car washes this week.

Crews at Avonmouth and Nailsea Fire Stations have organised the events to raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal and Search and Rescue Assistance in Disasters (SARAID), a British charity which had volunteers on the Caribbean island.

Among them were two AF&RS firefighters, Station Manager Rob Davis and Crew Manager Paul Incledon. Paul is a member of AF&RS’s Urban Search and Rescue Team based at Nailsea Fire Station.

On Friday 29 January firefighters at Avonmouth Fire Station will be washing cars at the St Andrews Road station between 10am and 2pm. The following day, Saturday 30 January, crews at Nailsea Fire Station on Pound Lane, Nailsea will pick up their sponges between 9am and 3pm. They are set to be joined by players from Nailsea and Backwell RFC’s youth team.

Today (Monday) firefighters in Bath raised several hundred pounds at a car wash in support of the two charities.

Nailsea Station Manager Gary Carr-Smith: “It’s hard to comprehend the devastation that is facing people in Haiti and the scenes that greeted those from the international rescue community.

“We are all incredibly proud Paul and Rob’s efforts, those of their colleagues in SARAID and of search and rescue teams from around the world.”

SARAID is a charity that draws on volunteers from all walks of life who train to respond to emergencies and natural disasters anywhere in the world. The charity’s mission in Haiti is expected to have cost £10,000 and as SARAID is funded entirely through public donations it urgently needs more money.

Gary added: “I hope people from the local areas will support these two car washes, which will generate much needed income for the two charities. No matter how big or small a donation is, every penny truly counts.”

For more information on SARAID visit www.saraid.co.uk or visit www.dec.org.uk for details on the DEC.