FALMOUTH firefighters are inviting local charities and good causes in the area to make an application for a donation from the proceeds made at this year’s firework display.

Firefighters from Falmouth Fire Fighters Social and Welfare Club went ahead with the event at the cricket club, despite the poor weather which caused the cancellation of many other displays.

Show organiser Giles Kent, a crew manager at the station, said: "I would like to say a big thank you to all the personnel at Falmouth Fire Station and families, Falmouth Cricket Club for hosting the event, Pirate FM for doing a great job as always entertaining and providing the music, also Trago Mills for being a sponsor but most of all the local community for continuing to come along, whatever the weather and support our event that helps raise money for local charities and good causes.

"This year we raised in excess £5,000 that we are delighted to be able to share out among local charities, good causes and The Fire Fighters Charities."

Among last year’s recipients was Tilly Jeffs, who has four-limb cerebral palsy and is wheelchair dependant. Funds raised enabled the purchase of a lightweight wheelchair for her.

Tilly's mum, Deb, said: "Tilly enjoys active days out with her family which were becoming a struggle as she is growing up, having a light weight wheel chair has given Tilly access to even more fun days out and has meant her sister, Florence is able to take her out on walks. It has made a massive difference to Tilly and the family.

A total of 24 charities and good causes benefitted from donations, including, Falmouth Age Concern, Carnon Carers Group, Friends of Tregoniggie Woodland, Falmouth Salvation Army, Penryn Memory Café, PANTS, Dracaena Centre, Sea Sanctuary and Mission to Seafarers among others.

If you would like to make an application for a donation from this year's event, you should write to: John Palmer, Falmouth Community Fire Station, Trescobeas Road, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 2QL.

You should have your application in by Friday, January 31.