Egremont Fire Station Outstrips Old Record

By Rachael Grealish

OTHER UK fire stations are asking if Egremont has become the first nudist town as Egremont Fire Station win the UK-wide textile recycling competition.

We did it: Egremont Fire Station collected a record-breaking 11 tonnes and beat off the competition of 694 other UK fire stations photo by Robert Haile

Egremont Fire Station have collected a record-breaking 11 tonnes of clothing and textiles during January to raise £2,421.54 for the Fire Fighters Charity.

This is the third year in a row the station has been victorious in the competition, after collecting 7.7 tonnes last year and 2.2 in 2015.

Egremont firefighters saw off the challenge from 694 fire stations from across the UK.

Crew manager David McDowell said: “It’s absolutely brilliant and it’s more than just a win for the fire station, it’s been a huge community effort.

“We couldn’t have done it without the community, schools, West Cumberland Hospital and Centre Parks collecting clothes and textiles – we even had people from as far as Wigton supporting us.”

The competition ran throughout January and after last years record the fire fighters set themselves an ambitious target of 10 tonnes.

Mr McDowell said: “Two weeks in and we really thought we weren’t going to do it, we maybe thought 5 tonnes, then suddenly it all started coming in and we got 11 tonnes! “Other fire stations are starting to make a joke that they think Egremont may be the first nudist town, because surely no one has any clothes left with how much was collected.”

Oundle Fire Station in Northamptonshire came second place, collecting 2,420 kg, raising £532.40 and Bedford Fire Station, in Bedfordshire, came third collecting 1570kg, raising £345.40.

Mr McDowell not only thanked everyone in the community, but also for the media support and the support of the Fire Fighters charity’s Kevin Biles.

The Fire Fighters Charity is the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families – It has a centre, called Jubilee House, at Eamont Bridge near Penrith.

Mr Biles supplied the fire station with four thousand collection bags to distribute around the community. Brownriggs donated the use of a designated vehicle to help the station collect the bags.

For their win, the Fire Station received a hamper from the charity, the Fire Fighters then donated the hamper to the children’s ward at West Cumberland Hospital. Mr McDowell said: “This community is brilliant and showed a huge amount of support – we can’t thank them enough.”