MORE than £850 has been raised so far by a woman who will be drawing a raffle in September in support of her local firefighters.
Laura Smith, who lives in Launceston, said she wanted to support the Fire Fighters Charity on behalf of Launceston Fire Brigade to ‘give something back’, after a fire safety check revealed Laura’s fire alarms were one and a half years out of date.
She said: “Everybody knows the fire brigade and with all the stuff that’s gone on with Grenfell it’s on the forefront of people’s minds.
“We had the fire brigade out to do a free safety check, the fire alarms were one and half years out of date. I tried to give them money but they wouldn’t take it, they’re not allowed to, but said if you see anyone out and about with a bucket stick some in.
“He’s probably saved my life and I don’t even know it. If they are giving everyone free smoke alarms, I thought I should give something back. The information he gave me you don’t think about. I have benefitted from that.
“Everybody in Launceston may need them.”
Laura will be drawing the raffle at a fun day she is organising, that will be held on September 9 at Launceston Fire Station from 10am to 3pm.
The fun day will include a lucky dip, bouncy castle, stalls, face painting, best fancy dress competition for boys and girls with prizes for each, a mini ferris wheel, and the firefighters will be washing cars.
Raffle tickets can be purchased from Laura, the firefighters, the White Horse or the Bug and Pin tattoo shop.
Watch manager Andy Sleeman said: “On Sunday (July 2), some of the crew at Launceston were happy to help Laura sell raffle tickets in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity, Laura and Martin have worked tirelessly to get offers of prizes from all over and their efforts are appreciated.
“The draw will take place at Launceston Fire Station during the ‘Fun Day/Car Wash’ event on Saturday, September 9 and tickets are still readily available. The Fire Fighters Charity not only help physically injured firefighters and their families, but also offer respite care and support for the psychological effects and anybody that has been affected by fire, for example burn victims and with the many families caught in the devastating Grenfell Fire the charity will be busier than ever.”
For more information on the event, visit the ‘Family Fun Day and Huge Raffle for Firefighters Charity’ event page on Facebook.