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Store adds sparkle to fire funds

Group Manager Craig Ducat (right) and Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett (left) presenting the charity cheque.

Group Manager Craig Ducat (right) and Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett (left) presenting the charity cheque.

A high street store has sparked a fantastic year of fund-raising for firefighters.

Staff from Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have been working in partnership with the Morpeth branch of Marks and Spencer on collecting cash.

And the result has seen £9,270 raised for the Fire Fighters’ Charity, which provides services to enhance the quality of life for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.

The total was raised through a variety of events and activities, including bag packs, charity evenings, a race night and football match, all supported by the retailer.

Northumberland Chief Fire Officer Alex Bennett said: “It’s great we’re able to donate such a large amount to this very worthwhile cause.

“The fire service plays a vital role in the community and it’s heartening to see so many local people contributing to this charity.”

Marks and Spencer Section Co-ordinator for the Food Department Kris Scott added: “It has been a great 12 months and we have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.

“From our staff in Morpeth, our loyal customers and the staff at the Fire and Rescue Service, we thank everyone who has supported this challenge and helped us to raise such a fantastic amount for charity.”

Margaret Barnes Smith from the Fire Fighters’ Charity said: “We are so grateful for all this support.”

 

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