Festival-goers raise £450 to keep ambulance flying

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A garden festival in Belper raised more than £450 to help ensure the air ambulance keeps flying life-saving missions across the area.

A host of activities were staged during the family fun day, which took place in the grounds of the historic old Post Office in Bridge Street, Belper.

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Live music from Belper two-piece Amy & Lilly; stalls from Just for Dogs, Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Strutts North Mill Belper, Derbyshire Air Ambulance and Christ Church Belper; a dog obedience training display; barbecue; tombola; face-painting and a £1,000 raffle prize helped to boost funds during the event which took place on Saturday, September 27.

Belper air ambulance volunteer, Richard Fletcher, helped organise the event with Sue and Charles Smith.

He said: “I was delighted so many people could come and support this event.

“Support from local businesses and individuals that gave kindly to this event, really brings a community together which is invaluable, and goes a long way to helping to keep our lifesaving service flying.”