VIDEO: Emergency services event success

CHILDREN had the chance to meet the people who keep them safe at a free emergency services day.

Hundreds of families gathered at Mayberry Garden Centre, in Old Shoreham Road, Portslade, on Friday to explore the vehicles and take part in activities, as the event returned for its second year.

S32036H13 Deputy Station Officer Louise Roberts Jones from Shoreham Coastguard in a rescue demonstration with, left to right, Seth Roca-Martin, four, Jozie Bishop, seven, and Rylie Bishop, nine

S32036H13 Deputy Station Officer Louise Roberts Jones from Shoreham Coastguard in a rescue demonstration with, left to right, Seth Roca-Martin, four, Jozie Bishop, seven, and Rylie Bishop, nine

Shoreham firefighters, Sussex Police and an ambulance crew took part, along with Shoreham Harbour Lifeboat Society, raising money for Shoreham RNLI.

New this year was a Shoreham Coastguard stand and a Teddy Bear Hospital, manned by students from Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Centre manager Darren Clift said: “This event is popular with the children. They love to look at the vehicles and learn about what they do.

“I think it is important they get the chance to meet the people who keep us safe. When they grow up, if they are in trouble, they will know who to speak to.”

He said he was delighted with the turnout, with queues of children waiting patiently throughout the day.

Mr Clift added: “It has been a fantastic turnout, we have probably doubled the number of people coming this year compared to last.

“We are incredibly grateful to the volunteers and full-time emergency services who have given up their time for this event.”

As a family business, they try to bring a community feel to the garden centre, he added.

“Associating the emergency services with something fun will always help put experiences in a positive light, whilst also teaching them who to turn to when they are in trouble.”