Firefighters raise £1,000 cash pot at successful ball

Guests gathered at Grand Central for the Firefighters Ball.
Guests gathered at Grand Central for the Firefighters Ball.
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A glitzy black tie ball held in aid of brave firefighters and their families has raised its best ever total thanks the local community’s generosity.

Skegness Fire Station’s second Firefighters Ball has raised more than £1,000 through ticket sales and a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses.

The money will help The Firefighters Charity support injured service personnel and their families during times of need, aiding a speedy recovery so they can return to duty protecting their community.

Skegness firefighter Gemma Wilkinson said: “It was a very successful and enjoyable evening, and it has beaten last year’s total with more people attending than ever before.

“The funds raised go directly towards helping serving and retired firefighters, service personnel and their dependants providing world class treatment and support services.

“It costs £9 million a year to keep the charity running and with no government funding, they are completely reliant on the generosity of others.

“Being a fire fighter is a life of bravery, loyalty and devotion to public service.”

Just fewer than 100 charitable guests attended the event, held at Grand Central, Skegness, on Saturday, to enjoy a ‘delicious’ three course meal and musical entertainment provided by live band The Edge, whose performance was said to be a real hit with the guests.

The event organisers have thanked Grand Central and Matty Dickinson for hosting the ball, all the local businesses which donated raffle prizes and everyone who attended to help make it such a successful night.