club gives £7,000 boost to air ambulance charity
Rotary Club has this week handed over a huge £7,000 cheque
to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance following a unique fundraising
tractor run earlier this year.
club held its heritage tractor run from Burnham to to Land's End
and back over the summer, as we
reported here, when three
Massey Ferguson tractors and their drivers - Alan Rawles, Colin
Durston and Gordon Cox - completed the 620-mile return journey
in six days.
nearly all from Somerset and Dorset, raised almost £7,000
and a cheque for this sum has this week been presented by Burnham
Rotary Club to Colin Thomas, representative of the Dorset and
Somerset Air Ambulance," said Rotary spokesman George Moon.
were delighted to have raised such a huge sum for this charity."
the club for its efforts, Mr Thomas said the recent problems affecting
the Bond helicopter had been quickly rectified. He said that each
mission flown costs around £2,500, so that effectively three
mercy flights have been paid for by the Rotary Club's event.
Rotarian Colin Durston, who helped to organise the tractor run,
says the air ambulance is his favourite charity since he owes
his life to it following an accident on his farm some 10 years
Top, Colin Thomas of Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance receiving
£7,000 from Burnham Rotary Club's Colin Thomas, Gordon Cox,
Colin Durston, President Bernard Raines and Vice President Ashley
Edwards (pic Mike Lang) and, above, the tractor run in August