THE BORDERS Barmy Army (BBA) narrowly missed scooping a national award last weekend, but there was no mistaking their fire and enthusiasm.
The inventive fundraisers’ secretary and chairman, Lee Myers and Steve Mellor, went to the finals for the Spirit of Fire Awards in London, just missing out on winning the Fire Fighters Charity Supporter of the Year title. However, they were invited to a reception at 10 Downing Street and spoke to fire fighters.
Lee said: “We met brave men and women from across the country and heard the stories that 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.”
The Barmy Army has been supporting the Fire Fighters Charity for about 18 months which had prompted their nomination.
Lee said: “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 (Fire Fighters) Charity.”
He continued: “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.”
The Borders Barmy Army also revealed next year’s challenges in aid of the local branch of Macmillan Cancer Support, the Fire Fighters Charity and other local charities. They intend to run the Deerstalker in Peeblesshire, the Tough Mudder in Scotland, take part in the fourth sponsored pantomime horse race at Kelso Races, complete the Edinburgh marathon, undertake a skydive challenge and climb Africa’s Mount Kilimanjaro in kilts.
For more information about the BBA and our charity events please visit www.bordersbarmyarmy.com