National award nomination for fire fundraiser

Top newcomer: Clare Morris with some of her Fire Service colleagues
Top newcomer: Clare Morris with some of her Fire Service colleagues
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A dedicated fundraiser has been shortlisted for a national award after raising £15,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity in just one year.

Clare Morris, based in Preston, was nominated in the best newcomer of the year category in the Spirit of Fire Awards.

And the determined woman has now been invited to a prestigious awards ceremony in London later this year.

Clare, 55, said: “I have done overall about £15,000 in one year, all for the Fire Fighters Charity.

“Most of it comes from car washes - there are 39 stations and they all do car washes twice a year.

“I have started them doing a little competition now of who’s going to make the most money and it seems to be working.”

Clare, who works as a finance officer at the Fulwood headquarters, said: “I’ve been put into the newcomer category because this is the first year I’ve been fundraising coordinator for Lancashire Fire and Rescue.”

She said there were now regular events set up, and they had seen a “significant increase” in fundraising.

Clare said she organised a Tough Enough challenge with students training to become fire fighters, as well as a motor bike ride which raised more than £2,000 and was set to become a yearly fixture.

She said: “There are other events we have been running, and this year they have got a little bit more momentum as I’ve been jollying them along.

“This is my first year and the increase is quite significant - it’s over 20 per cent.”

Clare said: “I was shocked when I was nominated.

“And I was quite humbled as well because I’m sure there are a lot more deserving than me. I only get to do it part time.

“The boys raise the money - I just push them.”