A FAMILY fun day celebrating Andover Fire Station's 60th anniversary has raised more than £2,000 for charity.

The town's fire crew hosted the event on Sunday, July 31 which saw residents flock to take part in a range of different activities. 

Organised by fire fighter Emma Appleton-Smith, the day was a huge success.

Chris Jackson of Castledown Radio, which provided music throughout the day, said: “Wow - what can you say! Emma and her fire crew team put on such a great event and it was quite sentimental to see so many people from the community turn out once again and support such a great life-saving service and all the monies raised make such a difference to the firefighters and crisis support charities”.

Attendees enjoyed games, demonstrations, music, food, a raffle, and more.

There was also the opportunity to dress up as a firefighter, as well as sit in a fire engine.

Posting on Facebook, Andover Fire Station wrote: "Thank you so much to everyone that attended our open day. We had an awesome time we hope you did too!

"We raised a massive £2,020!"

Half of the money will be donated to The Fire Fighters Charity - which supports specialist services for members of the firefighting community - while the rest will be given to The Crisis and Support Centre Andover.

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Other thank yous were shared for: Balance360, which contributed £320 by giving massages; Castledown FM for keeping the event organised throughout the day; Maddison Douch for getting singers Bethany Smith and Mad Melodies involved; Chapel Arts Andover for providing a creative table for children; South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for providing an ambulance for the day; raffle prize donators; and all of the volunteers and supporters.

The station will also be posting a list of all the winning raffle tickets in the next few days.

They added: "Any photos and videos please upload and tag us in it so we can see! 

"Until next time keep your eyes peeled for more events!"

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