Pretty in Pink! Northern Ireland Firefighters are a charitable bunch.

Date Published : November 3rd, 2016    Published By : admin

“We know that cancer can affect anyone regardless of age but to see a colleague and friend, someone your own age, diagnosed, it really has an impact. Kenny has been an inspiration to us all, he has faced his illness with great stoicism and is incredibly upbeat”

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service is running several charity initiatives to help raise funds for cancer, an illness which has affected one of their colleagues and friend Kenny McEwan, who was diagnosed with cancer in August last.

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Yesterday, staff in the NIFRS Headquarters raised £560 for Cancer Focus by hosting a ‘InPink’ day and coffee morning. Fire officers, control room operators and office staff at the fire brigade headquarters all took part on the day.

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Tomorrow, firefighters from Green Watch at Whitla Fire Station in Belfast will ‘Brave the Shave’ and say goodbye to their locks. Firefighters will make the cut at the Hair Academy on Rosemary Street from 9.45am. Monies raised from the shave will be donated to Macmillan, who provides support to those fighting cancer, including their colleague.

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On Saturday, the fire crew at Codogan Fire Station on the Lisburn road in Belfast will host a charity car wash day from 10am to 4pm in aid of Cancer Focus Northern Ireland.

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Firefighter David Moreland said the motivation by firefighters and staff is to show support for their colleague Kenny McEwan who was diagnosed with cancer in August this year. “We know that cancer can affect anyone regardless of age but to see a colleague and friend, someone your own age, diagnosed, it really has an impact. Kenny has been an inspiration to us all, he has faced his illness with great stoicism and is incredibly upbeat”.

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“We’ve all been affected by his diagnoses and have followed his progress and he has undergone treatment, supporting him as best we can. BY taking part in this initiative and raising money it feels like we are doing something tangible, standing shoulder to shoulder to help Kenny and the many others diagnosed with cancer” he said.

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All Photos: Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

To donate to this cause, follow this link to the official ‘Brave the Shave’ donation page here.

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