Nairn fire crew’s delight at festive fundraiser
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Nairn’s retained fire crew has raised more than £7000 for charity from their Santa’s Sleigh fundraiser carried out over the festive season.
The crew took over the charity sleigh run in 2018 from Nairn Rotary Club, who had previously done it for many years.
Crew commander James Kellas said: “Some of the Rotarians were getting on in years and they were looking for some younger guys to take it on.
“The sleigh, which is a box trailer, needed upgrading.
“We have lots of skill sets in the crew and carried out the necessary work at our own expense.
“Many of the fire crew have kids of their own and we wanted the tradition to be kept going.
“It’s great fun and obviously brings pleasure to the kids.”
In 2019 the charity effort raised more than £13,000, but Covid restrictions curtailed this year’s efforts to some extent, with online collections replacing knocking on doors.
“We also decided that we had to stop collections outside Sainsbury’s and in the High Street because crowds could gather,” Mr Kellas said.
“But we still raised £7317, which was a superb effort.”
MFR Cash for Kids has received £1000 and the rest of the funds will be shared out among other local good causes.