Charity

Bed-pushing firefighters in Maryhill have raised £45,000 for their favourite school

By Ian Marland at

A fire crew has just handed over their latest fundraising efforts to a favourite West End school.

Red Watch based in Maryhill has been raising money for pupils at Kelbourne Park nursery and primary school over the last 12 years.

In that time, the crew has raised more than £45,000 for the children.

Fire crew

Red Watch fundraisers with the customised bed

Kelbourne Park has children with additional support needs.

The money has been used to give the children specialised horse-riding lessons at a local riding centre.
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The sessions have been shown to help with the children’s physical and emotional development.

Red Watch do a sponsored bed-push every other year.

‘Help out’

The 6th event took place at the end of August along Queen Margaret Drive and Byres Road.

That effort raised £3,000 for the school.

Ties between the fire service and school hark back to when the crew were based on Kelbourne Street.

A spokesperson for Red Watch said: “As the watch then were mostly family men they decided to see if they could help out in any way.

Firefighter hands over cheque to boy

Firefighters hand ove a cheque for £3,000 to pupils at Kelbourne Park School

“As new members join the watch they pick up the mantle and carry on.

“There’s been a fundraiser nearly every year, with every 2nd being a bed push.

“We do a BBQ at their summer sports day and do a christmas party for P1s and P2s in December.”

Red Watch recently learnt they had been nominated for a community award by the Evening Times newspaper.

‘Amazing’

The gong is in recognition of fundraising work carried out by organisations in the city.

The Red Watch spokesperson said: “There’s nothing better than seeing big smiles on the children’s faces and getting high 5s.”

Councillor Chris Cunningham, Convener for Education, Skills and Early Years said: “What an amazing achievement and well done to the firefighters for their continued support of the school community which I know is very much appreciated.”