Double Celebration for Southsea Lad Andrew and Hampshire Fire Service

portsmouth teen fire firefighter fund raiser off to the big apple

A prestigious accolade has been presented to Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service – from their number one fan, who won an award at the same time!
Fundraiser Andrew Impey nominated the service for an award saying it was the best public sector organisation in the area. He then got the chance to present the commendation from Portsmouth Youth Voice Awards 2017 to Chief Dave Curry and Deputy Chief Neil Odin.
Andrew himself won the Young Person of the Year award!!!
The 11-year-old autistic lad has visited all of Hampshire’s stations and most of its departments – many of them on several occasions.
The warm welcome and support he received from HFRS started him on a fundraising mission to visit every station in the UK which he is currently about halfway through with more than 1,000 ticked off the list.
Through his travels in Hampshire he has been nominated for a number of awards and now been offered to chance to visit Fire Department City of New York (FDNY) and has plans to see stations in Europe.
Andrew, from Southsea, said, “I think of Hampshire firefighters as my friends and I was pleased I was able to give them this award. I think they are really good role models.”
He added that he hopes to one day join the county’s fire service.
Mum Kirstine said, “When we took Andrew to visit a fire station one Christmas Eve to give him something to do we could have had no idea that it would lead to this.
“At the time he could barely read and didn’t like talking to anyone – now he reads every fire magazine and gives interviews.
“The fire service has given us a child we didn’t have before.”
You can follow Andrew’s progress over on his fundraising page #OneLadsChallenge: