Chief Fire Officer John Roberts presented Huddersfield and Kirklees district personnel with a Chief Fire Officer’s Letter of Appreciation in recognition of their efforts in raising an accumulative total of £101,376 for BBC Children In Need.
Fundraising for BBC Children In Need has been taking place since the year 2,000 with the latest effort in November 2018 raising more than £7,000 which helped pass the £100,000 barrier. Crews have been collecting outside the station from drivers in passing cars, as well as heading into the town centre to pick up further donations from the generous public.
CFO Roberts said: “The crews and station staff have worked tirelessly for 18 years, collecting in all types of weather to try and improve the lives of children across the UK. We couldn’t be prouder of them – they embody everything you would expect from a firefighter, caring, committed and community-minded.
“We must also give a special mention to Huddersfield Station Clerk Jean Gledhill who has rallied the troops year-on-year and has coordinated the finances.”
Chair of West Yorkshire Fire Authority Councillor Judith Hughes said; “This is a fantastic achievement and I want to pay tribute to the teamwork shown by the crews to come up with this landmark amount. Despite some cold weather, and long days they’ve maintained a determined focus to raise a massive amount for some of the most vulnerable children. We’re really proud of every single person who worked on this, for close to two decades.”
Pictured below receiving the Letter of Appreciation from CFO John Roberts is Firefighter Paul Ashfield of Huddersfield Red Watch. Also present was the Chair of the Authority Cllr Judith Hughes (centre), members of Red Watch and Kirklees district. Pictured in the long white floral coat is Huddersfield Station Clerk Jean Gledhill.