Fire­fight­ers seek gifts for young pa­tients

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

FIRE­FIGHT­ERS who want to brighten up Christ­mas for sick chil­dren over the fes­tive pe­riod – are ask­ing for dona­tions of presents.

Crews from Blue Watch from Avon­mouth fire sta­tion will be vis­it­ing chil­dren in Bris­tol Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal on Christ­mas Day and Chil­dren’s Hospice South West on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9 and hope to hand out presents.

Gifts suit­able for boys or girls aged one to 14 can be dropped off at any fire sta­tion across the Avon Fire and Res­cue ser­vice area, marked as ‘Present do­na­tion for Avon­mouth’.

They can also be sent di­rectly to Avon­mouth fire sta­tion (Fire Sta­tion Lane, Bris­tol, BS11 9ED) for crews to de­liver.

Andy Lewis, Blue Watch fire­fighter at Avon­mouth, said: “Hav­ing taken part in sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties in pre­vi­ous years, we can­not ex­press to peo­ple how much any items they could of­fer would mean to the chil­dren, their par­ents and the nurs­ing staff. Spend­ing Christ­mas in a hospi­tal can be such a dif­fi­cult time, es­pe­cially when it is meant to be the most fes­tive.

“We want to make that time as spe­cial as pos­si­ble, and vis­its like this al­ways make the world of dif­fer­ence. Any­thing you can give, big or small, will go a long way in chang­ing some­one’s Christ­mas for the bet­ter.”

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