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Charity car wash at Blandford fire station this Saturday

Date: 13th August, 2018

A charity car wash is being held at Blandford fire station this Saturday (18 August) in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity and the John Thornton Young Achievers’ Foundation.

The event is being run by a group of nine fire cadets, aged 14 to 16 years old, who recently completed a 20 week training programme at the fire station. They will be supported by Blandford firefighters and some of the instructors from their course.

Drivers can go along to the fire station in St Leonard’s Avenue between 11am and 2pm and get their vehicles washed in return for donations.

The Fire Fighters Charity provides help to serving and retired personnel, their widows/widowers and young dependants through the provision of sheltered accommodation, recuperative facilities, rehabilitation and therapy, as well as giving financial support to those who need it.

The charity works with some 11,000 beneficiaries every year at a cost of £9 million per annum, and these services are financed almost exclusively by fundraising. See www.firefighterscharity.org.uk for more information.

The John Thornton Young Achievers’ Foundation is a long-time partner of the Fire Cadets programme in Dorset, and has helped to fund the European Fire Cadets Exchange, this year hosted by Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.

The Foundation supports young people from a wide range of youth organisations, providing them with scholarships and bursaries to support their personal development and the pursuit of their ambitions. See www.jtyaf.org for more information.

Marianne Gerety, Youth Intervention Coordinator (South) for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “After starting their Fire Cadet programme in January, this group of young people have worked extremely hard for 20 weeks, presented a pass-out parade and demonstration to family and guests last month, and are now coming together once more to raise money for two extremely important charities. We hope to see lots of cars coming through on Saturday so we can collect as many donations as possible!”

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