Open Doors boost for charities from fire service

Representatives of community organisations and charities received cheques from the fire service open day in Ellon.
Representatives of community organisations and charities received cheques from the fire service open day in Ellon.

Cash raised from the recent open day at Ellon Fire Station has been dispensed to local causes.

The popular annual fundraiser gathered in a record £6,000 on the day.

Local people turned out in force in bright sunshine for the open doors spectacular last month, which included a parade of vehicles through the town centre.

Ron Beedie, Ellon fire station manager, said after the event: “We had our biggest response in years for the event, and out final tally of cash raised on the day was a record £6000.

“Once again the Ellon public has come up trumps. We are absolutely delighted. I think the brilliant weather helped.”

Both the fire and police stations threw open their doors to the public to let them see how the emergency services work.

Officers were on hand to explain the operation of different parts of the service.

The Firefighters Charity was the main beneficiary of the day, receiving £3350.

Other organisations to receive donations were: Maggie’s Appeal £500; Ellon Academy World Challenge Kilimanjaro £400; Grampian Fire and Rescue Service Heritage Club, Ellon and District Royal British Legion Pipe Band, Ellon Boys’ Brigade, Ellon Help Committee, Ellon Health Centre, Haddo Medical Practice, Northsound Cash for Kids all £300; Pitmedden First Responders £200, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service Care Bears £100.