This weekend has been another huge mile stone for the BBA as we attended the Spirit of Fire Awards in London with The Fire Fighters Charity that included a reception at 10 Downing St.
The Spirit of Fire Awards is the most prestigious event in the fire and rescue services’ calendar, recognising acts of selfless sacrifice within the fire and rescue community and dedication to the Charity. The Borders Barmy Army have been supporting this charity for around 18 months and as recognition of our support we had been nominated for an award in the category of “The Fire Fighters Charity Supporter of the Year – Team Supporter of the Year”.
As nominees for this award, the Borders Barmy Army comprising Richard Minnikin, Lee Myers and Steve Mellor attended the Spirit of Fire awards ceremony in the Park Plaza Westminster hotel in London and we were also lucky enough to attend a preceding Downing Street reception that included a tour of the Famous number 10! Throughout the day we met Brave men and women from across the country and heard there stories that had led them to be nominated for an award, it was a hugely inspiring day. We were also lucky enough to meet a host of celebrities including Football legend Kevin Keegan, Scottish Actress Natalie Rob and Secretary of State Eric Pickles.
We did not win the award but we felt like winners just to have been nominated and to be there. We were extremely honoured to have received this nomination and have very much enjoyed working with the Fire Fighters charity, we are very excited to be working with the charity again during our next campaign.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the Kilt Shop in Galashiels for sponsoring us and providing us with our kilt hire and to Lothian & Borders Fire & Rescue Service, Chief Fire Officer Alex Clark and his team and Scottish Borders Councillor Rory Stewart who all attended the awards to support us, this came as a huge surprise and we are very grateful for your support and you excellent company on the night!