Festive charity ride success for Yaxley and Thorney firefighters

The Thorney firefighters Christmas float. Photo supplied
The Thorney firefighters Christmas float. Photo supplied
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Festive firefighters in Yaxley and Thorney have raised nearly £6,000 for charity at two annual Christmas-themed events.

The Yaxley Christmas Ride collected £5,033, while Thorney’s firefighters took their festive float through the village on Sunday, 21 December raising £764.

The Yaxley Christmas Ride welcomed Father Christmas to the village on his sleigh as the on-call firefighters spent four nights guiding him round the community between 15 and 21 December.

Children were able to meet Santa in the street ahead of the big day.

The charitable crew also took a ride to Serpentine Green Shopping Centre on Sunday, 21 December to collect for their nominated charities; The Firefighters Charity, SANDS (Stillbirth And Neo-natal Death Society) and British Dyslexia Association.

Yaxley firefighter Jamie Bovington, who organised the event, said it had been a successful festive season.

He said: “We would like to say a big thank you to all the generous people who donated and to those who helped organise the event. We’ve banked an amazing total this year to be split between the three charities and hopefully spread some festive cheer in the process.”

The annual festive float in Thorney raised its slice of cash for The Fire Fighters Charity as well.

Thorney’s Watch Commander Colin Bartlett said: “Our annual festive float seemed a hit again this year with families, and we appreciate all their donations to this worthwhile charity.”

Both fire stations are recruiting on-call firefighters. If you live within five minutes of a station and would like to find out more about serving your community, pop to Yaxley or Thorney on their drill night, every Tuesday between 7pm and 9pm.