A VENUE’S members raised money for those who lost everything in a fire which ravaged a street’s homes during the hottest day on record in July.

Barnsley Trades Club raised a total of £2,140 at an organised charity night for those on Woodland Drive, off Broadway, and The Firefighters’ Charity.

The event, which took place at the Trades Club on August 5, featured the multi-award winning soul and tribute act, The Manhattans, a raffle and DJ.

The club, based on nearby Racecommon Road, decided to split the overall amount of money they raised in half, giving a total of £1,070 to those who lost everything in the Woodland Drive fires, and awarding the other £1,070, to The Firefighters’ Charity, as a thank you to their service on that particular day.

Jackie Garner, of Barnsley Trades Club, said: “We came up with the idea of also giving some of the money we raised to the fire service, because of everything they do for the community.

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“On this particular occasion, everything on Woodland Drive was on fire, and the people living there lost everything.

“It is all thanks to the firefighters here, that the fires were put out, and so we decided to split the total money that we raised, and give some to them, too, as a recognition of their bravery, and as a thank you for their hardwork and for saving lives.”

On Monday, firefighters at Barnsley station were handed the cheque from club staff member, Jackie Garner, and club president, Shauna Mason.

Lindsey Stafford-Fox of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, added: “We would like to say a massive thank you to the club for their outstanding efforts on raising such a large amount of money for both, The Firefighters’ Charity, and the families affected by the Woodland Drive fires in July.

“The money will go towards a great cause, and will help those who are most in need at this time.”