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Firefighters To Visit Care Homes And Childrens Hospital Over Christmas


For many people, Christmas is a joyous time of festive celebrations with family and friends, but it can also be a difficult time for many people; those who don’t have any family to visit and children spending Christmas in hospital.  Firefighters from across the county have therefore pledged to visit children’s hospitals and care homes this Christmas to spread some festive cheer.

Local businesses and their customers along with employees from across Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service (DFRS) have come together and donated tea, coffee, biscuits, chocolates, selection boxes, mince pies and toys for Firefighters to deliver over the festive period. 

On Christmas Eve, Firefighters from Long Eaton, supported by their Community Safety Officer, Hannah Albrighton are hoping to deliver over 30 hampers to people who have been identified through Safe and Well visits. 

Firefighters from Ascot Drive Blue and White Watches will be visiting the Royal Derby Children’s Hospital on 24 and 26 December, to deliver a range of selection boxes and small toys. They will also be spreading some festive cheer at local care and residential homes by having a cup of tea and a natter and delivering chocolates, mince pies and other goodies on Christmas Day.

Firefighters from Ilkeston will also be out and about sharing a mince pie or two with local elderly residents on Christmas Day and Boxing Day to help people less fortunate feel festive and merry.

Operational Response Group Manager Dave Crowther said, “Whilst many people will be at home with their family, tucking into their turkey on Christmas Day, firefighters across the county will be working hard and on standby to respond to any 999 emergencies that may occur.

“Christmas really can put extra emotional pressure on people and a festive visit from a Firefighter can make a huge difference at what can be a really difficult time. I’m extremely proud that our Firefighters have made a commitment to visit those less fortunate this Christmas; children who have to spend what should be a magical time in hospital and the elderly in our community who wouldn’t otherwise get a visitor.”

DFRS would like to thank the following businesses and members of the public for their generous donations to help make this possible:

  • Andres Greengrocers, Long Eaton
  • Asda, Long Eaton and their customers.
  • Tesco, Long Eaton and their customers.
  • Aldi, Long Eaton.
  • Co-op, Long Eaton.
  • Greggs, Long Eaton.
  • Farmfoods, Long Eaton.
  • Donna May Florist, Long Eaton.
  • Boots, Long Eaton.
  • Card Factory, Long Eaton.
  • Cotmanhay Infants School Staff.
  • Tesco, Ilkeston and their customers.
  • Asda, Sinfin.
  • Sainsbury’s, Osmaston.
  • B&M, Ascot Drive.
  • Marks & Spencers, Kingsway.

You can stay up to date with everything the Service gets up to over the festive period via our social media channels:

Twitter: @DerbyshireFRS

Facebook: @DerbyshireFRS

Instagram: @derbyshirefrs

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Christmas.  For some simple fire safety advice and information for keeping everyone safe this Christmas, please visit

Pictured: CM Lee Jones – Collecting a selection of goodies donated by DFRS staff.

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