Our Followers

Below is a list of our celebrity supporters. If you would like to add a message of support please get in touch.

Photo credit: Liz Hyder

John Challis

Actor (Boycie, Only fools & horses)

I have followed your adventures across Europe to Serbia with great interest and was lucky enough to visit Belgrade a couple of years ago and loved it. It is great to see the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service donating the trucks and equipment that they no longer use, to a Country that is in much need of support. The Blazing to Serbia team should be commended for their efforts and for wanting to make a positive difference in people’s lives. I am happy to be associated with this very worthwhile initiative. Well done South Wales Fire & Rescue Service and well done Blazing to Serbia.


 

Kevin Rex

Embassy of Canada

I recently had the pleasure to work at a charity function together with the Blazing to Serbia crew. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with their mission, dedication and spirit. They bring energy to their voluntary work that is positively contagious. Not only were we able to raise money together, but we had great fun doing it. While Serbia is rapidly progressing, it does not share the wealth of most of its European neighbours. The incredibly generous donations of firefighting vehicles and equipment that they have received from the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service is going a long way to keep the people of this beautiful country safe. This coupled with the generosity and personal engagement of the teams that have come here, no less than 15 times, is a testament to the people, and the relationships that are so vital in today's interconnected world. I consider it an honour to have been connected with these fine men and woman, if only for a day.


 

Kevin Shannon

Adventurer, speaker and author of 'Walk Serbia'

Blazing to Serbia is not only a fantastic project, but a much-needed one. Having travelled extensively through the Serbia I know just how important their work is and how much it will mean to the people of Serbia. They have my full support and I look forward to supporting them in future


 

Andy Moore

It's great to see that human spirit knows no boundaries. Great effort all involved, well done you can be very proud of yourselves.


 

H.E Ambassador Michael Davenport

Head of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Serbia

Through donating fire engines and other equipment to the Serbian Fire Service the Blazing to Serbia initiative is making an important and much-appreciated contribution to enhancing public safety in Serbia. This is an excellent example of practical and highly beneficial co-operation between the UK and Serbia. The British Embassy supports the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service's continued efforts and further plans to bring additional much-needed equipment to Serbia.


 

Carwyn Jones

First Minister of Wales

The Welsh Government is proud to continually support the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service in this inspiring project. I would like to congratulate the volunteers from the Blazing to Serbia team on their achievements over the last 18 months. In the current financial climate it is important that we continue to do all we can to ensure that all resources are used wisely as we strive to maintain the critical emergency services that protect our own communities and those overseas.


 

Ana Ivanovic

World No. 20 Tennis Player

Click here to view Ana's kind message.


 

Martyn Williams

Cardiff Blues, Wales and British Lions

"I am pleased to support this Fire Service project. Its great to see the firefighters who usually look after their local communities are showing the same concern for fellow firefighters in Serbia. Safe journey and good luck!"


 

Treorchy Male Choir

125 years of choral history

"Treorchy Male Choir would like to congratulate the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service on the tireless work they undertake not just within our own communities, but the exceptional projects taking place overseas. We salute you for your commitment to the lifesaving work being undertaken on a day to day basis and wish you well in your endeavours to improve the lives of the people of Serbia."


 

Killing For Company

Greg, Steve, Andy, Richie and Jamie

"Killing For Company are proud to show their support for the South Wales Fire & Rescue services and the outstanding work they do 365 days a year. We encourage people to support their voluntarily work in Serbia and support this great cause. Good luck guys, we are all behind you."


 

Dirty Sanchez

Pritchard & Dainton

"Massive respect to south wales fire & rescue service for donating and driving 11 fire engine's through europe to serbia. We are fully behind your mission and support you all the way"


 

Catrin Collier

Author

"I am delighted to support South Wales Fire and Rescue Service in this wonderful project to improve the fire service in Serbia. I have close connections not only with Wales but also Eastern Europe and anything that brings people together is to be applauded. Good Luck with all your ventures at home and abroad."


 

Rhys Williams

Cardiff Blues and Wales

"I am pleased to support the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service and the Blazing to Serbia project. It is great to see that Firefighters who constantly care for the communities of South Wales are extending this concern to their colleagues and communities in Serbia. Have a safe journey."


 

Rhodri Ihenacho

Mr Wales

"I would like to extend my gratitude to the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service who have come up with this exceptional idea to help other fire station that have less equipment than us here is South Wales. This kind of example demonstrates how we should all strive to help others and I stand firmly behind this worthy cause."


 

Sara Manchipp

Miss Wales

"What an admirable and honourable task to undertake. I am proud to support the South Wales Fire Service and all of the hard work and dedication they put in all year round! We are lucky to have well funded fire and rescue service over here, unlike other less fortunate countries. It is inspiring to see us sharing our facilities, equipment and knowledge with Serbia. I will support you all the way! Good luck!"


 

Roy Noble

BBC Radio Wales

" Well done on completing the journey. Marvellous mission that it was. I'm sure the Serbian Fire Service will be ever grateful for this Welsh bridge of practical goodwill. The world is divided into three kinds of people... 'those who make things happen... those who watch thing happen... and those who merely ask... What's happening then ?' You are definitely in the former group. Da iawn ...and a Blessed Christmas to you all "


 

Behnaz Akhgar

BBC Wales tv & radio

"A big massive congratulations on making and finishing the journey to Serbia. It couldn't have been easy but so worth it. :) The Serbian Fire service must have a great impression of Wales as a country and the great firemen who travelled there. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas and a happy new year."


 

Derek Brockway

BBC Wales meteorologist

"Good luck to the South Wales firefighters as they embark on their journey across Europe to Serbia. I hope the weather will be kind to you with plenty of high pressure and lots of sunny spells. The outlook for the Serbian fire department will definitely be brighter thanks to your kind donation! Keep up the good work and have a safe trip! Derek :)"


 
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