€5,600 raised within 3 hours for SOS at Fire Station Open Day

€5,600 raised within 3 hours for SOS at Fire Station Open Day

By Mary Dennehy

MORE than €5,600 was raised within the space of three hours at the Nutgrove Fire Station open day, with all money donated going to Irish charity, Suicide or Survive (SOS).

Very often, firefighters are the first on the scene when there is a tragic loss of life, with the crew at Nutgrove choosing the charity SOS as it runs wellness workshops and support programmes within communities.

Nutgrove Firestation 03

Firefighter Derek Riordan told The Echo: “Most of the time we are the first on the scene and we have seen first-hand the issues around mental health [in communities].

“It was nice for us to be able to do something positive, something nice, for SOS, which does great work through its wellness programme.”

On Saturday, April 28, up to 4,000 people visited Nutgrove Fire Station for its annual open day, with €5,656 raised through the sale of tea and cakes, Dublin Fire Brigade mugs and bucket collections.

“We’re delighted with the amount raised in the space of only three hours,” Derek said.

“There’s still a little bit coming in and we really can’t thank people enough.

“The amount of people who turned up on the day and the amount raised was phenomenal.”

The crew at Nutgrove, which worked together to make the day a success, wished to thank local businesses for their support, including SuperValu in Churchtown, Ballinteer and Orwell, Lidl, Tesco and Aldi and the Nutgrove Shopping Centre.

A massive thank-you was also extended to Alison Behan, who made more than 200 cakes to sell for Suicide or Survive at the open day.   

See this week’s Echo for more pictures from the day!