A GROUP of firefighters became car washers for a day of fundraising as they continue to raise money for charity before a gruelling challenge next month.

Several firefighters at Halstead fire station spent five hours washing more than 50 cars to raise extra funds as part of a larger charity event.

Firefighter Tom Easter, 32, and 10 of his colleagues at the station are hoping to raise £5,000 in aid of the Fire Fighters Charity.

It is an organisation which helps serving and retired firefighters and their families who need support and resources.

Halstead Gazette: Getting involved - firefighter Tom AmassGetting involved - firefighter Tom Amass (Image: Halstead Fire Station)

Halstead Gazette: Committed - firefighter Tom Easter Committed - firefighter Tom Easter (Image: Halstead Fire Station)

The team plan to conquer the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, on May 18, for the charity.

The car wash started at 9am and finished at 2pm, raising an additional £575, meaning the current total stands at £3,877.

There was a £5 suggested donation for every car washed but some drivers paid more.

Tom said: “We organised a car wash event to support our JustGiving campaign.

“We extend our sincere gratitude to the people of Halstead who joined us to get their cars cleaned, and especially to the dedicated team members who volunteered their time to make it happen.

“Due to the overwhelming turnout, we successfully raised an additional £575, contributing to our target of £5,000.

"Teamwork makes the dream work!”

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