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Community support for Derbyshire firefighters who tackled moorland blazes

Donations at the firestation ready to feed hungry crews battling the fires
Donations at the firestation ready to feed hungry crews battling the fires

Generous High Peak residents came together to provide hundreds of food parcels for firefighters battling the huge moorland blazes.

For two weeks daily packages containing everything from fruit and energy bars to suncream were sent out to help crews from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service which tackled the fires on moorland above Greater Manchester.

Firefighters with their donations which have been provided by Morrisons, Tesco, Greggs, B&Q and members of the public

Firefighters with their donations which have been provided by Morrisons, Tesco, Greggs, B&Q and members of the public

Dawn Neal helped co-ordinate the operation through the Facebook page ‘Donations To Help Local Rescue Teams During The Moor Fires Buxton and Bakewell’, which has since been closed due to the withdrawal of Derbyshire firefighters from the scenes.

She said: “Our crews have been pulling long shifts, 13 or 14 hours straight, in the hot sun and not eating or spending time with their families, and if we can make it a bit easier on them then I think we should.”

Neighbour Sharon Bates has also been involved with the donations, as both her son and partner are firefighters.

Dawn said: “The support from businesses has been amazing, Morrisons in Buxton and Chapel-en-le-Frith, Greggs in Buxton and Tesco too have donated food daily or anything the crews needed, all for free, which was amazing.

“B&Q in Buxton and Macclesfield donated gazebos and chairs so the firefighters could have a sit down in the shade during a much-needed break, and Nash Industrial provided transport so we could get to the teams, raise morale and just keep them going.”

Donations are no longer being taken up to the moors. Dawn added: “It has been so nice to see people want to give back to those who risk their lives everyday to keep us safe, and I just wanted to say thank-you for everyone who has helped or donated.”

A spokesperson for Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Such has been the generosity, our firefighters have everything they need.

“A huge thank-you to everyone who has donated supplies to our crews over the past few weeks, you’re support has been very much appreciated.”