Couple’s farm day raises vital funds

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A couple from Stanley Common made a large donation to the air ambulance service after a fun-filled fundraising day at their farm.

Andrew and Karen Wint, from Oakfield Farm, , donated £7,911.36 to Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) for their Wellies for Helis campaign.

The money was raised at an Open Farm Sunday event held by the couple, which included craft stalls, sheep shearing, pony rides and farm tours.

The day also offered a bar from Nutbrook Brewery, as well as performances from live rock bands including Peashooter, Black Fish and Mr Wolf.

Chloe Morton (pictured), 14, was one of the many children who also contributed to raising money for the charity. Chloe raised £204 by selling sweets at school and to her friends and relatives.

Her sister Lilly Morton, ten, also joined Chloe for a sponsored horse ride, which raised a further £89 to add to the total.

The cheque was presented to Richard Fletcher and Keith Murfin, representatives for the DLRAA, at the farm during a riding school session.

Mr Fletcher said: “I was delighted to be presented with the cheque from Andrew and Karen Wint and Chloe Morton.

“The DLRAA relies entirely on donations from members of the public as it receives no government or National Lottery funding.

“Support from people such as Andrew, Karen and Chloe and everyone who sorted this event really is invaluable and goes a long way to helping to keep our lifesaving service flying and saving lives.”

Throughout August, the DLRAA is encouraging people to adorn their wellies for their Wellies for Helis campaign to help the helicopters flying.

Mr Fletcher added: “We want you to pull on your wellies and show them off for your local air ambulance and help raise vital funds for us.

“Our critical care paramedics, trauma doctors and pilots fly an average of six rescue missions a day – from medical emergencies, to road traffic collisions, to sports injuries, to industrial accidents.

“Our rapid response gives people the very best chance of survival and recovery. But we couldn’t do this without people like you. We rely entirely on donations to raise the £1,700 we need to fund each rescue mission.”

If you’d like to find out more about the Wellies for Helis campaign or would like to make a donation, contact the service on 01773 825797.

For further information, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk.