MERSEYSIDE Fire and Rescue Service’s Charity Committee has won a prestigious Spirit of Fire Award at a virtual ceremony held by The Fire Fighters Charity and introduced by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge.
Winning the Supporter of The Year: Team award at the Charity’s virtual awards ceremony, the Committee – made up of serving and retired volunteers from across Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service – was recognised for its outstanding fundraising and awareness-raising achievements over recent years.
The Merseyside Committee’s award was announced on the night by comedian, radio and television presenter, and host of The Last Leg, Adam Hills.
His Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge introduced The Fire Fighters Charity’s virtual Spirit of Fire Awards via a recorded video message.
Opening the ceremony The Duke spoke of the challenges faced by fire service personnel in the wake of Covid-19, reiterating why it’s so important that they know where to turn when they need support themselves.
The Duke also announced the first award of the evening – the Special Recognition Award for Excellence in The Field of Mental Health – recognising the achievements of winner Shilla Patel, Inclusion Manager at London Fire Brigade.
A further 13 awards were announced by a host of famous faces over the course of the evening, including: Brian May CBE, Jason Watkins, Michael Sheen OBE, Dame Julie Walters DBE, Simon Day, Reverend Kate Bottley, Dame Katherine Grainger DBE, Clare Balding OBE, Susanna Reid, Les Ferdinand MBE, Maddie Moate and Greg Foot.
The Spirit of Fire Awards recognise the fundraising and awareness-raising achievements of members of the UK’s fire services community in their support of The Fire Fighters Charity, as well as the courage of the Charity’s beneficiaries in the face of personal adversity.
Usually held in London, with a reception at No.10 Downing Street, the coronavirus pandemic meant that the Charity took the awards ceremony online in 2020 for the first time.
The Fire Fighters Charity Chief Executive, Dr Jill Tolfrey, said of the Committee’s award: “The team of volunteers on Merseyside’s Charity Committee has transformed the way the Service approaches its fundraising. Giving up their time, pouring their energies into fundraising and sharing information about the Charity, has made a huge difference. They are a model Fire and Rescue Service and everyone at the Charity sends their congratulations on this well deserved award.”
The Fire Fighters Charity offers specialist, lifelong support for members of the UK fire services community, empowering individuals to achieve mental, physical and social wellbeing throughout their lives.