Clerkenwell firefighters get into the community spirit

Youngsters got fired up as they took part in Clerkenwell Fire Station’s open day.

Brother and sister Callum, four, and 10-year-old Lia Doolin were among children who went to the charity event.

The station raised money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity in a day that included games, cake sales and what-not-to-do demonstrations.

Also in attendance was the station’s mascot Welephant, a big red elephant who teaches children about fire safety.

Firefighter Antoinette Buckley, who agreed to have her head shaved for the cancer research charity, said the event had been a way to meet the community and raise money for an important cause. She said: “The kids had a great time and the fire brigade also had a lot of fun.

“It was a completely successful day and of course we’re just thankful that the rain stayed away.”