£3,000 raised for charity in memory of Ballyclare firefighter

Victoria Barkley presents the cheque for the Firefighters Charity to Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley (left) and Southern Area Commander Lloyd Crawford. INNT 17-516CON
Victoria Barkley presents the cheque for the Firefighters Charity to Assistant Chief Fire Officer Alan Walmsley (left) and Southern Area Commander Lloyd Crawford. INNT 17-516CON

Victoria Barkley from First Dance NI has raised £3,000 for the Firefighters Charity in memory of her late father, William Barkley

William, who tragically passed away last year, spent 21 years protecting the local community as a Retained Firefighter at Ballyclare Fire Station - a job he truly loved and dedicated his life to.

As a Latin American and Ballroom dance teacher, Victoria utilised her passion for dance and held a ‘Bond Black Tie Ball’ in the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast to raise money for the Firefighters Charity in her father’s memory.

The Firefighters Charity is the UK’s leading provider of services that enhance quality of life for serving and retired Fire Service personnel and their families. Its vision is to make a positive difference by supporting people in the Fire & Rescue Community when they are in need.

It takes £9 million to run the charity each year, and with no government funding it is completely reliant on the generosity and enthusiasm of its supporters.

For more information log on to www.firefighterscharity.org.uk