Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service

Firefighters Sponge up in Aid of Cancer Fund for Children

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service (NIFRS) is to hold a series of car washes throughout March in a bid to raise money for Cancer Fund for Children, a charity that has been a lifeline to one of the Service’s Fire Cadets.

15 year old Newry Fire Cadet, Leah Scholes, has been diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer.

Cancer Fund for Children is supporting Leah during her cancer journey, and NIFRS plan to hold three car washes to raise money as a way of giving back to the charity.

Leah, said:

“I am so pleased that NIFRS has come together to raise money for a charity that has been so helpful to me since I received my diagnosis.

“Cancer Fund for Children reached out to support me when I received my diagnosis, and myself and my family plan to go and stay at the charity’s Daisy Lodge in Newcastle, County Down in the next few months.

“The Newry Fire Cadets have also been a great support network for me. I joined the Cadets in September 2018, and the friendships and personal skills I have developed through the scheme have really helped me during this time.”

Assistant Chief Fire & Rescue Officer Alan Walmsley, NIFRS, added:

“Leah embodies what it means to be a NIFRS Fire Cadet- she is a strong, resilient team player with a zest for life. We are so thankful to the Cancer Fund for Children for all that they have done to support Leah, and as a Fire & Rescue Service we would like to give back to them, to thank them for all they are doing to care for one of our own.

“Firefighters, Cadets, Support Staff and Volunteers across the organisation are coming out in force to pick up the sponges and get stuck in, and I would encourage the public to come along to one of the car washes and show their support for this very worthy cause.”

Cancer Fund for Children CEO, Phil Alexander added:

We are very grateful to NIFRS for taking on this fundraising initiate to raise much needed funds for Cancer Fund for Children. The charity has a longstanding relationship with NIFRS and once again we are so thankful to the Firefighters, Cadets, Staff and Volunteers for their commitment and enthusiasm in raising funds that will enable our team of Cancer Support Specialists to help more young people like Leah.”

The car washes are taking place at the following Fire Stations:



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