By Tony Trevethick
Tremendous support from members of local bridge clubs ensured that Woodborough Bridge Club were at capacity for our annual charity fundraising event.
A total of 72 competitors congregated at Woodborough Village Hall to take part in a bridge competition to raise money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance – the club’s chosen charity for 2018.
Susan Curtis, a volunteer with the charity, attended the event and explained that a new helicopter has recently been commissioned.
Capable of higher speeds and incorporating a night flying facility, the new helicopter is capable of operating safely in darkness.
In order to maximise the advantages of the new helicopter, it is planned to extend operating hours in 2019, so that anybody in need of urgent medical help can be reached 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Stationed at RAF Waddington, maximum flying time to any point in the two counties is reduced to 20 minutes – a huge benefit for all those in need of critical medical assistance.
Expansion of the Air Ambulance Service comes at a considerable extra cost, all of which has to be raised by the service.
As a charity, it receives no direct government funding and is therefore reliant on bequests, donations and numerous other fundraising events.
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We are delighted to have been able to present Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance with a cheque for £1,120 and in doing so wish to thank all those who so generously supported our event and made the donation possible.