FIREFIGHTERS will be taking to the streets of High Wycombe with their collection buckets on Saturday December 22 to raise money for charity.

High Wycombe Fire Station's White Watch will be in Church Square from 11am to 3pm to raise funds for the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and the Fire Services National Benevolent Fund.

Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance carries life-saving equipment and transports patients to one of several hospitals in the area with landing facilities, or to a specialist hospital if required. The air ambulance is crewed by a pilot and two paramedics but while the paramedics are provided by the NHS, all other costs have to be funded by a charitable trust.

The Fire Services National Benevolent Fund is a national charity which provides assistance to serving and retired fire and rescue service staff, their families and dependants.