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Record amount for Stansted firefighters' street collection



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Firefighters who hit the streets of Stansted to raise money for charity collected an incredible £7,872 in just six hours.

The fund-raising feat – which equates to £1,312 an hour or £21.86 a minute – was a record for the crews, who lined the pavements in Cambridge Road and Lower Street, asking motorists to donate.

Twelve firefighters, helped by some of their wives, partners and children, were also joined by representatives of the beneficiary causes for the collection on the Saturday before Christmas, from 10am to 4pm.

Firefighters ready with their collection buckets (25590826)
Firefighters ready with their collection buckets (25590826)

"We do really well every year, but this is the most we've ever collected since we started about 10 years ago," said crew manager Dave Morland. "We normally get about £5,000-6,000, but this time it was incredible – not too bad for six hours!"

The money is shared between two national charities – Children with Cancer UK and Steph's Wishes – and local causes Buffy Bus, Applebarn Nursery, Rainbow Pre-School and Bentfield County Primary School. Some £600 collected at the station's autumn open day will be added to the pot to tip the figure over £8,000.

The team requires a licence from Uttlesford District Council for the street collection, and drivers were extremely generous, said Mr Morland.

Stansted's resident peacock shows an interest in the street collection (25590830)
Stansted's resident peacock shows an interest in the street collection (25590830)

"We're not allowed to stop people in the road so have to stand on the side and people just stop for us, which is great. And then once one stops we take the opportunity to go down the line of traffic.

"And judging by the comments on our Facebook page, people look forward to this yearly tradition and they were very generous – it took us hours to count it!"

One villager posted: "Well done and thank you for all the hard work you all do throughout the year."



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