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Retained firefighters in Nairn generate more than £15,000 by taking Santa on his sleigh to visit youngsters – last year’s fundraising paid for three defibrillators and the crew has already presented a cheque for £2000 to the MFR Cash for Kids appeal


By Donald Wilson

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James Kellas as the Grinch with, from left, Abby Kellas, Carol Madle, Vicki Auger and Emma McGowan.
James Kellas as the Grinch with, from left, Abby Kellas, Carol Madle, Vicki Auger and Emma McGowan.

A team of retained firefighters at Nairn raised a whopping £15,567 over the festive period by taking Santa on his sleigh to visit youngsters across the area.

Donations will go to local deserving causes. Last year’s fundraising paid for three defibrillators.

The fire and rescue crew has already presented a cheque for £2000 to the MFR Cash for Kids appeal, prior to Christmas.

Fire service team spokesman James Kellas said: “All the firefighters’ kids, wives and partners were involved and they were obviously of great help when we were called away to incidents.

“It eased the pressure on us and kept things moving in our absence.

“We have just taken delivery of three new defibrillators from last year’s collection, and these will be positioned around the community strategically in the near future.

“We are currently going to be buying a training defibrillator and mannequin to deliver training to our local kids, giving them an extra life skill for the future.

“We want to say a huge thank you to each and every business who donated sweets for the sleigh to give out and hot drinks and snacks for the Grinch, Santa and his elves to enjoy as they made their way around the area.

“Also, a huge thank you to each and every person who donated, waved or just gave us a huge smile.

“It’s hard to put into words how proud we are of our community, but yet again you’ve all excelled yourselves.

“As a team, we also want to say a big thank you to all of the firefighters and their families, for giving up their free time. Only with such fantastic teamwork, can we continue the Santa’s Sleigh tradition.”


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