Funds help keep ambulance flying

PUBLISHED: 15:55 21 December 2006 | UPDATED: 13:42 04 May 2010

SKY HIGH: Daphne 
Bonnett (left) presenting the cheque to Mary Dunn from the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

SKY HIGH: Daphne Bonnett (left) presenting the cheque to Mary Dunn from the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Big-hearted residents of a housing scheme in Ely have raised more than £5,000 to keep the East Anglian Air Ambulance flying across the skies on life saving missions. People living in the Hereward Housing sheltered scheme in Militia Way decided to support

Big-hearted residents of a housing scheme in Ely have raised more than £5,000 to keep the East Anglian Air Ambulance flying across the skies on life saving missions.

People living in the Hereward Housing sheltered scheme in Militia Way decided to support the service shortly after it was launched in 2000.

It costs £110,000 a month to keep the helicopter flying, and Militia Way residents have been among its biggest supporters.

Last year they made a donation of just over £1,000 raised by a variety of means including selling books, puzzles, records and tapes from a stall at the entrance to the scheme.

They also hire a stall on Ely Market each year and hold a raffle to bring in more money.

This year they raised a record £1,371, taking the total raised since they started backing the Air Ambulance to well over £5,000.

Daphne Bonnett, one of the chief organisers of the fundraising events along with her sister Brenda, said: "We are very happy to support the Air Ambulance because we thought it was something everyone might need one day."

Mary Dunn, deputy fundraiser for the Air Ambulance, said: "We rely entirely on public donations to keep the helicopter flying and the people here are really wonderful.

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