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Wellingborough residents have fun fundraising for local Air Ambulance Service

A group of residents have presented a cheque for £440 to Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service following a successful fundraising event held at their Supported Living Scheme.

Greatwell Homes’ tenants, John St John (80), Christine Gibbons and Laura Osborne (94), organised the event as part of their Easter celebrations for all residents living across the housing associations’ Charles Robinson and Hollowell Court schemes in Wellingborough.

Around 40 residents attended the event hosted at the Hollowell Court Supported Living scheme, off Wood Street. They enjoyed and supported a range of fundraising activities including an auction, games, an Easter bonnet and fancy dress parade, cake sale and raffle.

John said: “The Air Ambulance Service has been my ‘pet charity’ for the past 12 years and is a very worthy cause.

“Organising events like this helps to keep us involved and active making the most of our community centres. My motto is ‘if you don’t use it, you lose it’.”

To help maximise the fundraising the residents charged £4 a ticket to attend the event, which included a buffet and raffle ticket.

Stuart Wilkins, Fundraising Co-ordinator for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service, said: “We average three missions a day at a cost of £1,700 per mission and because we don’t receive any government funding every penny really does help.

“It’s only through good people like John and his fellow residents supporting us that we can continue to do the work we do while they make sure we put the fun back into fundraising.”

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