Local children benefit from proceeds of fire station open day

Cleckheaton Fire Station held their annual Open Day in August and raised a staggering £1,200. The funds raised were split between The Fire Fighters Charity and Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids children’s charity.

Lauren Scarth, Charity Executive said: “Cash for Kids were honoured to be chosen as charity partner for the Open Day. The day itself was a fantastic success and the overwhelming sense of community was clear to see, with the crowds of people who attended. It was great to be part of it and to be able to help local children in the process.”

The fire station and Cash for Kids teamed up with Cleckheaton Children’s Centre to identify some of the most deserving children, and with a little help from Spen Velo Cycles, they have been able to purchase four bikes for children in the local area. They have funded a day trip for one family to York by train, with entry to the dungeons and another family will receive a week’s holiday to a holiday park next summer.

Councillor Erin Hill, Cabinet Member for Family Support and Child Protection, said: “I am delighted that the money raised at the fire station open day has been put to such good use.  I am proud of the charitable nature of Kirklees residents and businesses and would like to thank everyone involved for helping to put a smile on some very deserving families’ faces.”

Ronnie Goldwater, Cleckheaton Station Commander, said: “The huge success of this day is all due to the kindness and generosity of the business community and people of Cleckheaton and Bradford along with Cash for Kids and the hard work of the Firefighters at Cleckheaton Station, without whom the day would not have taken place.  A huge thanks to all who donated their time, gifts and money to make the day such a memorable occasion and most of all to the public of Cleckheaton who dug deep into their pockets to make the wishes of these children come true.  Hope to see you all again next year to raise even more money for such a worthy cause. Thank You.”

2014 was the most successful year for Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids supporting over 60,400 sick, disabled and deprived local children. Their next campaign, Mission Christmas, has already kicked off. They are encouraging members of the public to purchase one extra gift for a child aged 0 – 18 years, and donate that gift unwrapped to one of their ‘Drop Off Points’ or one of the designated Fire Stations across West Yorkshire. These gifts will then be sorted and distributed to children across the region that may be at risk of waking up to nothing on Christmas Day. For more information about Mission Christmas  and where to drop-off gifts, go to www.radioaire.co.uk/mission.