Firefighters humbled by public support

FIREFIGHTER Richard Lockyer described it as “very humbling” to see the vast amount of food and drink piled high at Stalybridge Fire Station.

It has been donated by supermarkets, businesses as well as individuals.

Richard, on a three-day secondment from Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It is very humbling how the local community has come together in a time of crisis and provided generous donations.

“When you switch on the television so much news is negative, but this shows how good human nature is and it restores your faith in it.”

Jason Wood, managing director of New Image Lighting, organised a collection among businesses at Cheetham Mill.

He raised £178 and supermarket Aldi topped it up to more than £200 to buy one pallet of water, one of lemonade, 150 bags of crisps and 60 packets of biscuits.

First delivery of supplies at Swineshaw Reservoir

They were among the first delivery of provisions to firefighters at Lower Swineshaw Reservoir.

Jason also gave up his time to help co-ordinate the donations at Stalybridge Fire Station and also make deliveries in his company’s van.

Among the many individuals to bring items to the fire station were Jack Squire, 3, and mum Steph, from Millbrook.

“We came along as we wanted to do what we can to help,” explained Steph who brought along chocolate, drinks, crisps and sun cream.

As for the scale of the moorland blaze, Richard said: “It was beyond comprehension.

“I would describe it like being a war zone or the landscape on Mars. As far as you could see it was smoking and scorched ground.”

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