Brenda backs our campaign

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It may have been her 80th birthday - but rather than being showered with gifts an avid News reader decided to collect cash for our air ambulance campaign.

And Brenda Gillott, of Orchard Court, Langley Mill received just over a pound for every year of her life .

The former cleaner told family and friends to make a donation to the vital air medics charity at her birthday bash at the Inn the Middle pub on Station Road, Langley Mill, rather than giver her a gift.

Great grandmother Brenda asked for a collection pot to be put behind the bar and raised £85 in total for the good deed.

She said: “I had seen it advertised in the paper and I saw how much it needs the money - I just said to everyone don’t give me a gift - give it to the air ambulance.”

The News launched its appeal to support the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance service back in August after we discovered several local folk had been helped by the vital charity.

The helicopter service, based at East Midlands Airport, costs £1.7million to run each year and receives no support from the Government.

But this week thanks to donations form the public the serrvice has just purchased a new Agusta Westland AW109SP helicopter - which can reach speeds of up to 185mph.

To donate to the News appeal send cheques to: Ripley and Heanor News Air Ambulance Campaign, The Air Ambulance Service, Hazell House, Burnthurst Lane, Princethorpe, Warwickshire, CV23 9QA.

You can also donate via debit card over the phone on 08454 130999.