Dagenham fire station hosts Christmas party for the community
PUBLISHED: 12:27 27 December 2017 | UPDATED: 12:27 27 December 2017
Generous firefighters got into the festive spirit by hosting a Christmas party for the community at their station in Dagenham.
The celebration to support local residents and tackle loneliness over the festive period included bingo, party games, live music, a raffle, a visit from Santa Claus and Doodles the dog.
The event last week was just one of many across the capital at fire stations this Christmas, with many aimed at people who would otherwise be spending the festive season by themselves.
Statistics show people who are vulnerable and live alone are more at risk of being in a fire.
Andy Roe, London Fire Brigade’s assistant commissioner for fire stations, said: “Being a firefighter is about being part of the community you serve and our crews enjoy getting involved throughout the year.
“There are so many people who spend a lot of time on their own, so Christmas is a time when it’s especially nice to welcome them into our stations.”
The event was made possible through donations including Morrison’s supermarket supplying the food and drinks and B&Q providing the Christmas tree, light and decorations.