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Fire crews stage car wash to raise funds for Violet-Grace Youens' charity

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Crews from Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service will stage a special charity car wash this Sunday (July 1) at Eccleston Community Fire station to raise funds for the charity set up in memory of Violet-Grace Youens.

The event, which starts at 10am and runs until 3pm, is being held in support of both the Fire Fighters Charity and Violet-Grace’s Gift, a charity run by the family of the four year old from St Helens.

Violet-Grace was tragically killed last year in a road traffic collision in St Helens. Her grandmother was also seriously injured in the incident.

Since the accident Violet’s family has set up the charity to promote organ donation, help local hospitals, community projects, bereaved parents and seriously ill children.

Members of Violet-Grace's family and friends will be at the fund raising initiative on Sunday helping MFRS fire fighters at the car wash. In addition some of Violet's school friends and teachers from Eccleston Mere Primary school will be helping at the event.

At a similar event last year, some of last year's proceeds were used towards providing a memorial bench with a plaque which is now situated at the front of Eccleston Fire Station.

Station Manager Lauren McCormack said: “This is an important initiative which will help to raise valuable funds for the charity set up by Violet-Grace’s family.

“We hope everyone who lives nearby, or who is visiting the area on Sunday, will come along to show their support however they can.

“It will be a great day and hopefully we can help raise funds for two very well-deserving charities.”

Proceeds will also be donated to The Fire Fighter’s Charity, which provides treatment and support for serving and retired firefighters, and their families, in times of need.

For more information about Violet-Grace’s Gift visit the charity’s Facebook page : @violetgrace.gift or Twitter: @violet_gift

For more information about The Fire Fighters Charity visit www.firefighterscharity.org.uk