Volunteers rewarded for helping firefighters calm children in distress

September 02 2019
Volunteers rewarded for helping firefighters calm children in distress

MEMBERS of Fishponds Townswomen’s Guild were rewarded with a day out at a fire station as a thank-you for knitting trauma teddies for children in distress.

The group knitted 90 bears to coincide with the 90th anniversary of the National Townswomen's Guild.

They presented the seven-inch teddies, knitted in a variety of colours, to Kingswood Fire Station so they could be handed to children in need.

Jean Keel, from the guild, said: “We were given a tour of the fire station which included a demonstration of protective clothing which is worn by firefighters.

It made us realise how fit they must be to move around with the safety gear on.

We were also shown all the equipment carried on the engines, the thermal imaging device and also the very large incident vehicles.

The highlight for us was when Nicola, one of the firefighters, drove the fire engine around to the yard where another firefighter called Andy encouraged us to have a go with a fire hose.

Members of the Fishponds Townswomen’s Guild present the teddies to Kingswood firefighters

We would like to say thank you to Kingswood Fire Station for giving us a guided tour and making us welcome. Next time you see a fire engine there may be a trauma teddy somewhere on board waiting to give comfort.”

Townswomen’s Guild was built on suffragist foundations and continues to empower all women to make their own lives and those of others better. Fishponds Townswomen's Guild was formed in 1936.

Photos courtesy of Kingswood Fire Station/Avon Fire and Rescue Service