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Charity car wash at Leigh fire station

The charity car wash at Leigh fire station
The charity car wash at Leigh fire station
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Firefighters braved the plunging temperatures and rolled up their sleeves to raise a huge total at a charity car wash.

Crews from Leigh fire station offered to scrub vehicles to raise money for the Fire Service Benevolent Fund and ended up with the spectacular amount of £1,200.

Hard at work washing a car

Hard at work washing a car

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Fortunately hardy Leythers were not deterred by the decidedly wintry conditions, including flakes of snow, and brought their cars down to the St Helens Road emergency services hub to get them looking pristine.

A convoy of vehicles made their way through the station where firefighters equipped with large buckets of soapy water and huge sponges got them looking good as new.

Crews then turned the hoses up to full blast in the open space to give the cars the perfect shining finish.

The on-duty firefighters of Red Watch were joined by crew members of all the other Leigh watches, with local cadets and volunteers also giving up their time to help out.

The day was also an opportunity for a bit of community engagement, with crews also offered fire safety tips and expert advice as they were working.

All proceeds went to the benevolent fund and was part of a national campaigning event which saw hundreds of stations turned into car washes on Saturday.

The charity has been helping firefighters who have been injured and supporting bereaved families of those killed in the line of duty for some 75 years.