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Local firemen on a previous carwashing fundraiser at Forres Fire Station.
Local firemen on a previous carwashing fundraiser at Forres Fire Station.

AN appeal is going out to the community to help with a local fundraiser.

A team from Forres Fire Station is set to wash cars on Sunday, July 7 to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity (FFC) and the Simpsons Memory Box Appeal (SiMBA), and organiser Heidi Edmunds wants more people to donate prizes for competitions to be run on the day.

She said: "We are still looking for donations for prizes for a raffle, bottles for the bottle stall and bakes to have with tea and coffee. If you can help, please get in touch with fireman John Falconer on 07398137247."

Raffle prizes so far include blow dry vouchers, a make up and nails voucher, restaurant vouchers, flowers, electronics and a three-month gym membership.

John and around 10 other firefighters will be wash vehicles that pull in to the station with sponges, soapy water and a fire-hose down. They will also take turns showing children who attend around their fire engines.

Further entertainment will be provided in the form of a guess the number of sweeties in a jar contest. There will also be refreshments including teas, coffees and sweet treats.

"Our fire fighters work extremely hard for the community," added Heidi. "They attend all sorts of emergency calls, from car crashes and water rescues to wildfires.

"The chosen charities are both worthy causes."

FFC offers emergency fire staff personalised support with mental and physical health.

SiMBA offer a range of support and services including donating memory boxes to help bereaved families gather precious items from time spent with late babies that they have to spend with their babies; refurbishing family rooms to give families homely places in hospitals to spend time with babies; free advanced bereavement and palliative care study days for midwives and hospital staff; monthly bereavement support groups; 24 hour online support; family-friendly awareness events.

Heidi finished: "The Fire Fighters Charity is great as they can get support if they ever need help.SiMBA is a another amazing charity that I heard of after someone close to me going through a devastating time said she was so grateful for the memory box she and her partner received from them."



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