March 2, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

Welshpool Firefighter, Chris Birdsell-Jones wins Supporter of the Year

WELSHPOOL Firefighter, Chris Birdsell-Jones wins Supporter of the Year at the prestigious Spirit of Fire Awards, held virtually by The Fire Fighters Charity.

Chris Birdsell-Jones, the brains behind The Fire Tones, was the driving force in organising Firefighters from across the UK, to perform a version of the classic Band Aid hit Do They Know It’s Christmas in 2018, raising thousands of pounds for the Fire Fighters Charity.

For the first time ever, due to the current pandemic, the Fire Fighters Charity held their annual award ceremony virtually, enabling everyone to tune in online to watch and support all those nominated.  Viewers got to watch a host of well know celebrities announce the winners of each category, with former footballer Les Ferdinand MBE, announcing our very own Chris as Supporter of the Year!

Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Roger Thomas said; We are all so proud of Chris on receiving this award, a fantastic accolade in recognition of all the hard work and passion that he and the rest of The Fire Tones put into this fundraiser!  A truly worthy winner in our eyes, putting Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service well and truly on the map!

The Service would like to extend our congratulations to Chris and to all those nominated, also to say congratulations to the team at The Firefighters Charity on such a successful virtual event.  It was a very humbling ceremony, highlighting the excellent work that the charity does for Fire and Rescue Service’s across the UK.

If you would like to catchup on the ceremony, you can watch it on You Tube here; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vkXX_HYjgs

To donate to the Charity, you can visit their website at; https://www.firefighterscharity.org.uk/donate

Photo Credit: Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

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