Firefighters send calendar to the Queen

Some of the Donington firefighters who appeared in the copy of their 2016 charity calendar which was sent to the Queen. ANL-151111-092805001
Some of the Donington firefighters who appeared in the copy of their 2016 charity calendar which was sent to the Queen. ANL-151111-092805001

Firefighters from Donington could be helping the Queen plan her official and family engagements next year.

A new calendar in aid of The Firefighters Charity is on sale now – but one of the first copies was sent to Her Majesty, who is the charity’s patron.

Lady-In-Waiting Jennifer Gordon-Lennox wrote on behalf of the Queen to thank firefighter’s wife Nicky Burdall, of Vanity Fayre Hair Salon, whose idea it was to produce the calendar.

The letter said: “Although unable to reply to you personally, Her Majesty was interested to hear about the time, effort and support provided by the firefighters, their wives and the local community to create this insightful and informative fundraising idea in support of a most deserving cause.

“I am to tell you that The Queen was most touched by your thoughtfulness in wishing her to see the calendar and sends her warm wishes to all concerned for the continued success of your fundraising endeavours.”

The calendar is unique in that as well as including Donington firefighters and retired firefighters, it also features photographs of actual incidents they have attended.

Michelle Allgood, who is also the wife of a firefighter, said: “As our firefighters have families we wanted the calendar to be suitable for everyone.

“It outlines the many different incidents the fire services attend and also has interesting educational facts on each month.

“The main aim of the calendar is to raise much needed awareness and funds for The Firefighters Charity, which provides support for injured firefighters.

“Her Majesty The Queen is patron of the charity so a special copy of the calendar was sent to Buckingham Palace. We were delighted to receive a letter in recognition of the calendar and the hard work of all firefighters.

“The calendar is sponsored by local businesses and we were overwhelmed by the support given in the form of advertising or donations.”

Donington firefighters joined some who had retired for several photo shoots.

Photographs of incidents they attended were provided by Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue.

The calendar is on sale in shops in Donington for a recommended donation of £6, proceeds going to The Firefighters Charity. Copies can also be ordered via email at doncalendar@hotmail.com