Runcorn firefighters deliver Howdens hampers during Safe and Well Visits

Runcorn firefighters deliver Howdens hampers during Safe and Well VisitsFirefighters have been delivering more than health and safety advice to Runcorn residents as part of their Safe and Well Visits in the lead up to Christmas.

Runcorn Fire Station’s on-call crew have been giving Christmas hampers donated by Howdens Joinery to worthy recipients.

On Monday 16 December and Tuesday 17 December eight Howdens hampers full of festive fare were delivered to Runcorn households.

The homes were selected after their occupants were nominated by fellow Runcorn residents, on-call firefighters or Howdens employees.

Runcorn Fire Station Manager Stuart Devereux said: “Our free Safe and Well Visits – for the over 65s and people who are referred to the fire and rescue service by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk – see our firefighters and advocates provide far more than the traditional fire safety and smoke alarm advice.

“They have received additional training to provide health, wellbeing and safety advice – covering everything from slips, trips and falls to winter warmth safety and smoking and alcohol consumption – and to signpost people to any additional help they need, utilising the services available through our healthcare partnership initiatives.

“This week our on-call crew at Runcorn have also been delivering Christmas hampers from Howdens Joinery on Astmoor Road in Runcorn as part of Safe and Well Visits.

“Some of the visits were quite emotional, with residents showing real appreciation of the visit and being over the moon to receive a hamper.

“They were all worthy recipients of an early Christmas present and I can’t thank Howdens Joinery enough for donating the hampers.”

Ricky Goff, who works for Howdens Joinery, was one of the on-call firefighters delivering the hampers.

The manufacturer and supplier of fitted kitchens, appliances and joinery products allows its staff to be on-call firefighters at Runcorn and to attend fire and rescue incidents during their shifts at Howdens.

Laurence Parr, Site Manager at Howdens Joinery’s Runcorn factory, said: “Everyone at Howdens has the deepest respect for the lifesaving work that firefighters do and for the free Safe and Well Visits that they provide for vulnerable residents.

“As such we are more than happy for our staff to be on-call firefighters and to let them attend incidents during their working hours at Runcorn.

“As a company at the heart of the community of Runcorn that takes pride in the level of service we provide for residents and is always looking to give back to the community whenever and wherever possible, we were also more than happy to donate the Christmas hampers.

“We hope that those nominated to receive the hampers as part of Safe and Well Visits enjoy them and that they help them to have a happy Christmas.”

Station Manager Devereux added: “Our partnership with Howdens Joinery is a great example of the public and private sectors working together for the good of the community.

“We hope to recruit more staff from Howdens Joinery’s Runcorn factory as fully trained on-call firefighters in the near future and to establish more initiatives like this.”

The Safe and Well Visits programme was launched on 1 February 2017 in collaboration with the NHS and local authority Directors of Public Health to help improve the health of potentially vulnerable people.

Since its inception, the programme has scooped a Working Together award at the 2018 iESE Public Sector Transformation Awards, a 2017 Excellence in Fire and Emergency Award for Partnership of the Year, a 2017 Healthcare Transformation Award for Improving Cancer Outcomes and a Showcasing Best Practice Award at the 2017 international Heart Rhythm Conference.

It also earned Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service a place as a shortlisted finalist in the public health category at the 2018 LGC Awards.

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Runcorn firefighters deliver Howdens hampers during Safe and Well Visits
Runcorn firefighters deliver Howdens hampers during Safe and Well Visits