Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service’s pink fire engine Lilly joined ladies at the Race for Life at Aintree.

Lilly, which was unveiled last month and is the UK’s only pink working fire engine, attracted attention from scores of women, including Heidi Range of the Sugababes, who also ran in the 5K event.

The appliance, which is fully operational, was painted pink through funding from Liverpool Primary Care Trust and is adorned in special messages to promote cancer awareness across Merseyside.

MF&RS firefighter Kirsty Hornby also ran in the event, fully kitted out in her helmet and breathing apparatus and managed to finish in just over 30 minutes. She was joined by women from across the Service who wore special pink MF&RS Fire Fit t-shirts.

Phil Garrigan, Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, said: “It was fantastic to see the huge efforts made by everyone, including MF&RS staff, in aid of Cancer Research UK. Many of our staff have either been affected by cancer or know someone who has had cancer and we were very happy that we could support the Race for Life.

“We were glad to bring our pink fire engine Lilly along to the event and it is great that many people are seeing her out and about, promoting cancer awareness.”

The photo above shows Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer Phil Garrigan with Heidi Range of the Sugababes. Photo copyright of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.