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Award for Fire charity young fundraiser
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 07th July 2017 at 12:38

Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service is delighted to hear a young autistic boy who came to see us last September has been given a royal seal of approval for his work promoting the Fire Fighters Charity. Andrew Impey, who is 11 years old and from Portsmouth, came to see us at service HQ in Washington last September. He is pictured with some of our crews plus Deborah Garland, from the National Autistic Society, fire dog Spencer and also Memphis, who is owned by Spencer's handler, Darren. Andrew has just been named as one of 750 outstanding young people across the world to be honoured with a Diana Award, recognising those who were judged to embody Princess Diana's qualities of kindness, compassion and service. So far Andrew has raised over £2,000 for the Fire Fighters Charity by attempting to visit every fire station in the UK. Hestarted raising funds for the charity after a visit to one of his local fire stations in Hampshire in December 2014. Kirstine Impey, Andrew's mum, said; “This award is recognition of what I've got to see first hand; that Andrew has made a real difference to the fire service community across the country, as well as to himself.” The Fire Fighters Charity supports current and retired fire service personnel with health, financial and social interventions, including funding residential medical facilities Dr Jill Tolfrey, its Chief Executive said; “Andrew's enthusiasm has never wavered and I doubt there is anyone else in the country who can lay claim to having visited as many fire stations, met as many firefighters or ridden on as many fire appliances. "We are delighted Andrew's passion and dedication has been recognised with this fantastic and well-deserved award.” Follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewDaneUK and by using #OneLadsChallenge.
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