Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service staff have been moved by the unfolding events in the Ukraine and want to do what they can to support those fleeing the crisis.
Fire stations across Greater Manchester are hosting a charity car wash this weekend (12 and 13 March) to help raise vital funds for the people of Ukraine.
Firefighters, support staff and volunteers will be washing cars on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 March between 10am and 4pm. In return, we ask members of the public to make a donation, however small, to support the humanitarian crisis.
All of the money raised will be shared with Greater Manchester-based frontline medical aid charity UK-Med, which has launched an emergency appeal backed by the Mayor of Greater Manchester.
Chief Fire Officer Dave Russel said: “The people of Ukraine continue to be in our thoughts during this dreadful time.
“Although we are thousands of miles away, we stand in solidarity as we do whatever we can to support all those affected by the devastating and tragic events that continue to unfold.
“Greater Manchester is known for its generosity and our firefighters; support staff and volunteers have come forward in their droves to help with the humanitarian crisis. The car washing days are one of many ways the Service is helping this vital cause.
“Please come down to your local fire station this weekend and get your car cleaned while supporting the Ukrainian people and communities. All donations – whatever you can spare – will be welcomed.”
The car wash drive comes as firefighters continue to support local charities with the ongoing humanitarian effort. This has included crews helping with the sorting and distributing of donations at the Bury and Eccles Polish centres, and distributing aid to warehouses in Trafford Park before they are shipped to Poland.
Find your nearest car wash on our events page. You can bring your car along for a clean between 10am and 4pm (please note Farnworth Fire Station car wash starts at 11am).
Updates will also be posted on our social media – follow @manchesterfire.
To donate to the UK-Med Ukraine Appeal visit: uk-med.org/ukraine-appeal.
07/03/2022 18:45 PM