Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joins volunteers as they hold fundraiser for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service’s Heritage and Education Centre

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson wi

Sefton Central Labour MP Bill Esterson joined members of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service's Heritage and Education Centre as they collected vital funds from generous shopper in Aintree. 

Volunteers from the centre collected funds from generous shoppers at Asda. The money raised is used to keep the centre on Bridle Road open.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service Heritage and Education Centre has become one of the most respected fire and rescue heritage centres in the country.

It houses historic equipment and fire engines that span the service's 180 year history.
 
Bill joined centre volunteers, Aintree Parish Councillor Cllr Peter Gill, Colin McCrudden, Brian Scrutcher and centre founder and voluntary manager Danny Murphy at the collection at the Aintree superstore.

Danny told Bill: "The fundraising we do is absolutely vital to keep the Merseysde Fire and Rescure Service Heritage and Education Centre open. The money that pays for the centre is money that we raise ourselves.

"After 40 years we are seeing the centre grow and grow. It is already recognised as the best heritage centre in the North West, but in September the Ambulance Service will also be moving in with us, which is great news and shows just how much we have grown.

"The centre is free to enter and it is packed full of historic machines and equipment from generations of firefighting. it includes memorabilia and one of the largest photographic archives of any UK fire and rescue service, including more than 80,000 digitised files and pictures.

"We work closely with local schools and give educational tours.

"It is a fantastic facility and we are all very proud of it and that is why we are all very grateful for the support the shoppers of Asda Aintree have give us today and the support the many generous member of the public have given us over the years."

Bill Esterson said he was pleased to support the centre.

Bill said: "Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has a very proud reputation of being at the forefront of innovation and technology throughout its long history. That proud history is celebrated at the centre and it is through the dedication of Danny and his team of volunteers that the museum continues to operate and continues to grow.

"I know the centre works closely with schools and groups in our community highlighting not just the history of the fire and rescue service, but also providing invaluable fire prevention advice and information.

"It was clear from the response the team was getting from shoppers that members of the public appreciate the work that they and the whole of the fire and rescue service does.

"I was more than happy to go along with the team and support them in their ongoing fundraising activities."

To find out more about the centre, or to book a tour, call 0151 296 4640 or email dannymurphy@merseyfire.gov.uk