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Dorset hunts raise £38k to keep air ambulance flying
2:00pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
A HUNTING fall and two trips in an Air Ambulance inspired Dorset hunts to get together and raise £38,000 for the charity.
The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance was presented with a cheque for the money at a garden party. The money was raised through a summer raffle and donations raised at a drinks party.
Leader of the organising committee John Sunnucks came up with the fundraising idea as he lay in a hospital bed, recovering from a hunting fall which required two trips in the Air ambulance.
Mr Sunnucks said he wanted to do something to demonstrate his, and the hunting community’s, gratitude for the critical service the Air Ambulance provides. An alliance was formed between the three hunts, Blackmore Vale, Portman and South Dorset, and the fundraising began.
One thousand raffle tickets went on sale with prizes ranging from a life-size bronze fox by artist Emma MacDermott, to a holiday in Iceland.
A drinks party was held with members of the hunts and the crew of the Air Ambulance invited.
Everyone was asked to make a donation to the charity and sign up to their weekly lottery.
On presenting the cheque on behalf of the three hunts, Mr Sunnucks said: “All who hunt in Dorset and Somerset are truly grateful for the service the Air Ambulance provides.
“It has saved many lives and will save many more. With no direct government funding its survival is dependent on voluntary donations and its own fund raising efforts.”
Bill Sivewright, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance Chief Executive Officer said: “We are enormously grateful to John and the team for their incredible hard work in putting together such an ambitious and successful event. More information about the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance visit: www.dsairambulance.org.uk.
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