02 May 2016

Firefighters have donated a hamper they won in a national recycling competition to residents at a care home in Oundle.

Firefighters from Oundle Fire Station in Northamptonshire handed the bundle of assorted food and drink goodies to the residents at Abbott House last month.

Oundle firefighters donating the hamper.

Prize hamper

The hamper was originally won by Oundle firefighters when they were named runners-up in a UK-wide recycling competition in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity.

In January this year the on-call retained fire station collected the UK’s second highest amount of unwanted textiles in its clothing banks, amounting to an impressive 1.9 tonnes of clothing. This helped to raise £433.40 for the charity.

As a prize, the service was visited last month by representatives from the charity who presented them with a food hamper.

But, in an act of generosity, the Oundle crew decided to re-donate the basket of goodies.

Mick Berry, station manager at Oundle Fire Station, said: “We were delighted to have been named runners-up in this recycling competition, particularly considering how many stations were in the running.

“We took the decision to donate the hamper as the donations made to our collection banks were contributions from the community; we are very lucky that the community in Oundle is so generous and considerate when it comes to supporting charity efforts. It seemed only right we should give the hamper back to local people in some way.”

Charity raffle

Abbott House manager Julie Chinnick said: “We feel honoured to have received this donation from the firefighters.

“We have decided to raffle the hamper and the aim will be to give half of the money raised to The Fire Fighters Charity and to put half toward the creation of a sensory garden for residents.”

The Fire Fighters Charity’s work includes a range of schemes designed to make a positive difference to people in the fire and rescue community, for example in providing physical rehabilitation and recuperation at specialist centres.