CHARITY which supports firefighters celebrated a milestone anniversary at its head office in Basingstoke.

Founded on August 17, 1943, The Fire Fighters Charity has supported firefighters in their time of need for 70 years.

To mark this special day, companies that are the neighbours of the head office in Belvedere, Basing View, were invited to join the celebrations and enjoy a piece of cake.

Also in attendance were Ken Seager, chairman of the Fire Fighters Charity, and John Parry, the chief executive officer, who were joined by members of Basingstoke fire station’s White Watch.

As part of the 70th anniversary celebrations, the charity opened a new rehabilitation treatment centre in Littlehampton this year.

It has also rolled out psychological support and emotional well-being services at all its centres to help firefighters with emotional scars and assist members in becoming fitter, healthier and happier.

The charity is asking its supporters to raise funds during the anniversary year by taking part in 70 fundraising events, such as skydiving.

Mr Seager said: “We’re immensely proud to have helped thousands of members of the whole fire and rescue service family, providing support services to help them recover from injury, illness, stress and trauma.

“To celebrate our 70th anniversary with our local firefighters here in Basingstoke was a great honour. With the help of those across the UK who support us, we will improve our existing rehabilitation and recuperation facilities, reach out to more beneficiaries and further develop our emotional and well-being services and positive mental health support.”