FIREFIGHTERS at Evesham Fire Station swapped their uniforms for orange tutus for a day to raise as much money as possible for game-changing research into cancer.
The kind-hearted fire crew also donned wasp-striped socks to accompany their tutus to display some impressive ballet moves to their own fun-filled version of the well-known Nutcracker classic – ‘Dance of the Sugar Plum Firefighters.’
It was all to raise awareness of and to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer, a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4.
The firefighters are now encouraging others to ‘Get Orange-ified’ by getting sponsored to stand out in the colour orange at work, school, or with friends.
They hope their hope efforts will inspire Evesham residents to raise cash to get new pioneering tests and treatments to cancer patients faster.
Evesham Station Commander, Steve Fox, who turned orange with his Green Watch firefighters said: “We were delighted to don tutus for the day in support of Stand Up To Cancer!
“It was a fun and easy way to get involved and help raise money to save more lives.”
Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis added: “Stand Up To Cancer is very close to our hearts as many of us have friends and family who have been affected by the disease.
“We’re determined to do all that we can as a Service to help raise money and help fund life-saving cancer research.”
Jane Redman, Cancer Research UK’s spokesperson for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said: “The firefighters from HWFRS stood up to the challenge to become trail-blazers.
“I hope men, women and children from across the region will Wear Orange, Pay Up and Take Cancer Out.
“By supporting Stand Up To Cancer, they’ll be helping to raise money and transform the lives of cancer patients and their families. All supporters need to do is simply pull on a bright orange item of clothing and get sponsored or make a donation for wearing it.”
To watch the firefighters performing ballet visit www.youtube.com and search for ‘Evesham firefighters Stand Up To Cancer 2.’