Newport Fire Station hosts Charity Valentine Ball in aid of the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund (FSNBF)

The event organisers Fay Plant, Sarah Batho, Jeanette Cartwright, Sharon Brunt, Amanda Winstanley

On Saturday, 16 February 2008 Newport Fire Station held a Charity Valentines Ball at the Royal Victoria Hotel in aid of the Fire Service National Benevolent Fund (FSNBF).

Guests were met with drinks in the foyer with an opportunity to have a celebratory photograph to mark the event. Following a delicious 3 course dinner, local band 'Weesel Deesel' played, getting everyone in the mood for a good time before the grand prize draw and auction. From then on 'Charlie's Disco' kept everyone dancing into the early hours of the morning.

Congratulations to Delyth Humphreys, Vulnerable Persons Officer, from Community Fire Safety who won first prize of a weekend for two at the Grosvenor Hotel and Spa in Chester.

Retained Ellesmere firefighter Phil Hall and Incident Command Officer Steve Purslow won the bidding in the auction, both going home with a canvas drawing each, kindly donated by local artist Brenda Tomlinson. Firefighter Douglas-David Robb of blue watch, Telford, won the bidding for the signed boxing gloves kindly donated by Richie Woodall.

Jill Smith, the FSNBF Regional Fundraiser attended the evening to give a short presentation and promote the charity.

The event was a great success and everyone really enjoyed themselves. The night raised over £1,500.

On behalf of Newport Fire Station and the event organisers (wives and girlfriends) a big thank you to the following people for supporting and kindly donating prizes:

The Royal Victoria Hotel

Weesel Deesel (Ed Sullivan and band members)

Charlie's Disco

Adrian Price


Readwell Press

Sally's Flowers

Grosvenor Hotel and Spa

James Dalloway,

The Fox,



Smallwood Lodge

David Turner Cars

Isis Hair and Beauty

Newport Sports

Lutine Bell

Trevor Matthews

David Matthews

Gnosall Butchers

Studio 6A

Sharon Brunt

Nelsons Wine

Adam Mathews

Martin Richardson

Harry and Julie Shaw

Phillip Matthews

3rd March, 2008