FIREFIGHTERS will once again join forces with the family of Violet-Grace Youens next Saturday with a car wash in memory of the four-year-old who inspired thousands to sign the organ donor register.

The event will take place at the Eccleston Fire Station, on Saturday, September 22 from 10am to 3pm, to raise funds for the charity run by the family of Violet-Grace Youens.

Firefighters from the Knowsley Road station were the first on the scene when the brave little girl was struck by a speeding car on Prescot Road in March last year.

Despite their best efforts she died in her parents arms the next day - but the courageous firemen and women have maintained a strong bond with Violet's family, helping them to fundraise in her memory.

This year will be the second car wash held for the little girl from Eccleston, having been postponed for operational reasons due to an increase in wildfires in July - with funds split between Violet-Grace’s Gift – the charity set in in the four-year-old’s memory – and The Firefighters Charity.

Franny Hill, Station Manager for MFRS, said: “We were at the scene on the day that Violet-Grace tragically died and since that time we have maintained a strong connection with the Youens family.

"We applaud their strength and courage in setting up a charity for organ donation in Violet-Grace’s memory.”

MFRS Station Manager Lauren McCormack, added: “We are excited to be able to host this event at Eccleston Fire Station on Saturday, September 22.

"This is a really important initiative that will help to raise vital funds for Violet-Grace’s Gift.

"The charity works hard to promote organ donation and we as a fire service are very proud to be able to play a part in this, and to support Violet-Grace’s family however we can.

“The event will also raise funds for the Fire Fighters Charity and we hope that everyone who lives nearby, or is visiting the area on the day, will come along and show their support for these worthwhile causes.

“It is set to be a fantastic day and hopefully we can help to raise funds for two very-well deserving charities.”

Last year's event raised more than £1,700, which went towards providing a memorial bench with a plaque for Violet which is now in front of the station.

Violet’s parents Glenn and Becky Youens, added: “The car wash is an important day for us because these people not only do a great job, but they were also the first to try and help Violet.

“It means a lot to us to give back to them and that’s why half of the funds raised will go to their charity.

“We are sure Violet would have loved to have been part of the day and hope people come down to support us and take part.”