Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service deputy lands award for fund-raising efforts

Rob Barber was commended

Rob Barber was commended

Firefighters, support staff and volunteers have been recognised for their contributions to the community and a fire service.

The Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service MORE awards saw winners and runners-up presented with their awards during a special ceremony.

The aim was to highlight the excellent work carried out by operational and support staff as well as voluntary members of the team and partnership agencies.

Deputy chief fire officer Rob Barber won the fund-raiser of the year award for raising more than £11,000 for the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young.

The fund-raising started following the tragic death of firefighter Mark Hancock, from Sandyford Community Fire Station, in September.

Mr Barber has since worked tirelessly to support Mr Hancock’s family and has gone above and beyond his duty to ensure that the charity and his family can help others in the future.

A large-scale cycling event, organised by Mr Barber, is set to become an annual memorial to Mr Hancock and will continue to raise funds for the cause.

Mr Barber said: “I’m accepting this award on behalf of everybody who took part in the cycle event and helped to raise so much money.

“Mark’s sudden death had a massive impact on so many people and I wanted to do something to support the family at such a difficult time.