‘Best brigade’ praised

'Brigade of the Year'  award for fundraising efforts
'Brigade of the Year' award for fundraising efforts

THE Fire and Rescue service which covers Thame has been awarded as the ‘Brigade of the Year’ in a prestigious national award for its fundraising efforts.

The Oxfordshire branch was honoured at the Spirit of Fire Awards held in London last week for its contribution to the {http://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/Fire Fighters Charity|charity} which helps support injured firemen.

It has raised more than £122,000 this year, the largest amount per capita of any brigade in the country.

David Etheridge, chief officer for Oxfordshire said: “My personal thanks go to all the Oxfordshire committee, the charity station representatives and all our staff who donate their personal and valuable time to ensuring the work of our charity continues to grow and is secured through fundraising.”

Councillor Patrick Greene, chairman of Oxfordshire County Council, said: “The Fire Fighters Charity is my chosen charity for the year and it is an honour to support all the good work it does.

“I strongly urge people to join me in backing them, because no matter how small the contribution, it will help to make a big difference. The fire service do such a good job of protecting us, so we should help to protect them.”