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Inspirational Sofia helps fire museum

Posted onPosted on 10th Jan

Kind-hearted 11-year-old Sofia Leslie was inspired to fundraise for Mansfield Fire Museum after her younger brother, Samuel, enjoyed a visit there with his Cub pack.

She made Christmas hats and sold them, collecting £40 for the Rosemary Street museum.

Now its trustees have said thanks to the generous Ravenshead youngster, presenting her with a certificate of appreciation when Sofia and her mum, Paula, visited the museum.

Museum trustee Paul Horton said: “We would like to thank Sofia for showing such initiative and enterprise to raise money and support our community project.

“Mansfield Fire Museum is a registered charity, run by volunteers and owned and operated by Mansfield Fire Station Preservation Society Trust, with the support of Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service.

“The museum relies on donations from the public, either from fundraising events or contributions from museum visits and guided tours. The donation will help towards purchasing much-needed display stands.”

Samuel had visited the museum on a guided tour before Christmas with 1st Larch Farm Lightning Cubs. Visits are by appointment only and can be made at

Volunteers escort visitors through the exhibition, sharing their knowledge of Fire Service history and the memorabilia.

Visits from schools and community groups, as well as individuals, are welcomed.

The museum is free to visit, but donations of £1 (minimum) per visitor are requested.