Firefighters from Westlea fire station will be out and about in the Swindon area during December, helping Santa visit local streets in a vintage fire engine.
As well as providing sweets to local children and playing Christmas carols, the crew will be collecting donations for the Fire Fighters Charity. Father Christmas and a 1943 turntable ladder fire appliance have raised thousands of pounds for the Charity over many years.
This year, Santa will visit Westlea on Monday 4 December; Eastleaze and Shaw on Wednesday 13 December; Grange Park on Sunday 17 December; and Sparcells, Peatmoor and Ridgeway Farm on Friday 22 December. The approximate timings for all three evenings will be 5.30pm to 8pm – just listen out for him!
Station Manager Dave Slawinski said: “We are delighted to be back out and about this December with our Santa float, and we’ve added Grange Park to the schedule for this year. We are incredibly grateful to Audrey Wannell and her family for continuing to support our fundraising by loaning us the vintage appliance. We look forward to seeing lots of families over the four nights, and hope to raise much needed funds for the Charity.”
Westlea fire station will also be holding a festive open day on Saturday 16 December, so save the date!
The Fire Fighters Charity provides help to serving and retired personnel, their widows/widowers and young dependants through the provision of recuperative facilities, rehabilitation, therapy and mental health support, as well as giving financial assistance to those who need it.
The charity works with some 10,000 beneficiaries every year at a cost of £12 million per annum, and these services are financed almost exclusively by fundraising. More information can be found at www.firefighterscharity.org.uk
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