Widow’s £18,000 for fire crews

Calderdale Council staff and firefighters, learning to be cycling trainers  with Mick Lay (front) and Phil Lay (back) from Cycle training West Midlands, at Illingworth fire station
Calderdale Council staff and firefighters, learning to be cycling trainers with Mick Lay (front) and Phil Lay (back) from Cycle training West Midlands, at Illingworth fire station
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A GENEROUS widow has donated £18,000 to the fire service, which will be spent in Calderdale.

Although Mary Eastwood, of Sowerby Bridge, did not have any direct links with the brigade, she left money to them and the police to thank them for their help after a fatal car accident involving her husband.

West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority has decided they will use as much of the money as they can for Calderdale projects.

The first scheme that will benefit is Bikeability, a cycling proficiency scheme for the 21st century, run alongside Calderdale Council at Halifax, Illingworth and Todmorden fire stations.

The scheme will give free cycle training to around 1,500 young people for a year from April.

It will also help expand a painting competition which runs across the region.

Councillors Bryan Smith and David O’Neill, who are members of the fire authority, said they thought it was the first time such a bequest had been made.

They said they were delighted the money would be spent in Calderdale.