During last year’s collections, Rudolph and his team (which included volunteers and firefighters) travelled around Leicester and some parts of Leicestershire on the cold and dark winter days and nights to raise money for the local charities. This is something we do every year.

The substantial amount of £10,500 collected has now been shared between; After 18, Adapt, Friends of Skleton Court, Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre (Mablethorpe), Leicestershire Down’s Syndrome Group, Norton House Ltd and When You Wish Upon a Star. The charities were very grateful for the money they received and will be using it to help the people they support.

Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service wouldn’t have been able to raise so much money without the generosity from the members of the public and the commitment from volunteers and staff so, we want to say a big thank you to everyone.

Steve Lunn, Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, said: “I am touched by the generosity of the residents of Leicester and Leicestershire. The Rudolph collection has been going for a huge number of years now and, as expected, has had yet another successful year.”

“The benefits and things these charities bring to our communities is greatly appreciated and we hope these funds will enable them to continue the vital work they do.”

Rudolph will be back on the roads again this December, after he’s had his summer holiday and recovered from last year. Keep a look out for him again in 2017. Don’t forget to follow him follow Rudolph on Twitter (@LFRSRudolph) and be the first to know when he plans to be back.


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About the Service
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service provides emergency response, prevention and protection services from 20 stations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Its headquarters is based in Birstall, Leicester.

The Service’s prevention, education, enforcement and inspection programmes have resulted in significant reductions in the number of incidents. In the last ten years, fire related incidents have reduced by 46 percent.

During 2015/16, the Service attended 666 road traffic collisions, of which 174 were extrications freeing 208 people trapped inside their vehicles and completed 5086 home fire safety checks, fitting almost 4481 smoke alarms. Staff organised or supported almost 1431 events aimed at promoting fire and road safety and arson prevention, whilst also visiting 332 schools to deliver fire and road safety education to pupils.

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