MIDDLEWICH firefighters are rolling up their sleeves this weekend in aid of the annual Fire Fighters Charity car wash.

The crew will be arming themselves with sponges and buckets to raise money for the charity, which supports sick and injured firefighteers and their families.

They will be washing cars at the Civic Way station from 10am to 2pm on Saturday, March 17.

Firefighter Stuart Plaskett, who is the service's Fire Fighter Charity coordinator, said: "We would really appreciate motorists bringing their cars along to have them washed in return for a donation.

“All funds raised go to The Fire Fighters Charity, the UK’s leading provider of life-enhancing services for serving and retired fire service personnel and their families.”

North west chairman of the Fire Fighters Charity and deputy chief fire officer Mark Cashin said: “The charity car wash is a great way to not only increase awareness of road safety but also to raise money for The Fire Fighters Charity which has provided assistance to serving and retired firefighters for 75 years."

The Fire Fighters Charity is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year and holds car washes in March and September each year and raises valuable funds for the charity, which needs more than £8 million annually to secure services at its three centres across the country.