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'Tireless' Lancs Fire & Rescue fundraiser scoops award

(from left) BBC Newsreader, Nicholas Owen; award-winner David Clegg; and Andrew Lynch, Fire Fighters Charity's Chair of the board of Trustees.
(from left) BBC Newsreader, Nicholas Owen; award-winner David Clegg; and Andrew Lynch, Fire Fighters Charity's Chair of the board of Trustees.
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A member of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has been congratulated by Home Secretary, Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP at a reception at No.10 Downing Street after claiming a prestigious award at The Fire Fighters Charity’s Spirit of Fire Awards in London.

Recognised for his invaluable work and long-term support of the charity, Dave Clegg - Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s Head of Administration - won the Supporter Of The Year (Non-Uniform Staff) award at the ceremony in Westminster, and was, alongside other nominees and winners, commended by the Home Secretary.

Acknowledging the support and dedication of firefighters and fire and rescue service personnel from across the UK, the Fire Fighters Charity’s Spirit of Fire Awards saw the presentation of 11 awards on the night, which took place in the charity's the 75th anniversary year and was hosted by BBC Newsreader, Nicholas Owen.

“Dave’s award is thoroughly deserved," said Chief Executive of The Fire Fighters Charity, Dr Jill Tolfrey. "Dave works tirelessly to organise an array of fundraising events each year, as well as taking on some impressive personal challenges; he has run the London Marathon, kayaked from Preston to Lancaster, and set up his own series of 10km races."

Over the years, Dave's charity running events have raised thousands of pounds for Pendleside Hospice and the Fire Fighters Charity, with runners of all abilities from keen amateurs and seasoned club members regularly taking part.

"Dave also works hard to raise awareness of the charity amongst his colleagues, helping others to access services when they need support," Dr Tolfrey added. "[He] is a fantastic ambassador for The Fire Fighters Charity.”

The charity - the UK’s leading provider of health and wellbeing services for the fire community - also presented a Special Recognition award to Dany Cotton, the Commissioner of London Fire Brigade, for her contribution in promoting positive mental health across the fire service.