One of the best days of the year for Elvis & Kresse is the day we complete our accounts. On this day we know how much we will be able to donate to our charity partners.
Since 2005 we have been donating 50% of our profits from our Fire-hose Collection to the Fire Fighters Charity and in 2018-2019 we had our best year ever. We finished that year in September 2019 and our accounts several months later. We just made our donation to the Fire Fighters Charity and their reaction was pretty overwhelming, particularly given the health crisis that we are all currently facing.
The Fire Fighters Charity runs several services all designed to improve the lives of active and retired Fire Service Personnel and their families. They provide all kinds of therapy, both for physical and mental health, they also provide food vouchers if firefighters have fallen on hard times.
This means our donation, just for last year, could be covering 2000 exercise therapy sessions, 500 hydrotherapy sessions, 400 physio sessions, 400 psychological support sessions, 100 days of the Services Access Line AND 118 food vouchers.
When we set out to rescue the fire-hoses we had no idea that we would be able to have this impact. Just think, these hoses could have just gone to landfill, and instead they get a beautiful hand-crafted second life and a glorious chance to give back.