Farm event raises £9,120 for charity

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A group of kind-hearted fundraisers have made a donation that will help to save lives.

Andrew and Karen Wint, Chloe Morton and Manda Wain donated £9,120.24 to Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

The group presented Richard Fletcher and Julie Fletcher, Derbyshire community representatives for DLRAA, with the cheque at Oakfield Farm, Stanley Common.

The donation was raised at an event in June, when the very quiet village of Stanley Common became a bustling hive of activity at an open farm weekend.

People flocked to join Andrew and Karen Wint from Oakfield Farm as they once again hosted a range of events and stalls.

The days offered many attractions, activities and culinary delights including a licenced bar from Nutbrook Brewery, a hog roast and pizza oven, craft stalls, sheep shearing, bouncy castle, farm tours and pony rides.

For the second year, Chloe Morton, 15, was one of the many youngsters who raised money for the air ambulance and with her sister Lilly, 11, raised £432.50 by selling sweets at school.

The sisters also volunteered their time to help over the weekend.

Richard Fletcher said: “I was delighted to be presented with the cheque from Andrew and Karen Wint, Chloe Morton and Manda Wain. It will help us save five lives.

“The DLRAA relies entirely on donations from members of the public as it receives no government or Lottery funding.

“Therefore support from people such as Andrew and Karen Wint, Chloe Morton and Manda Wain from Oakfield Farm and everyone who supported this event really is invaluable and it goes a long way to helping to keep our lifesaving service flying and saving lives.

“I would like to personally thank everyone for their fantastic support to make this event truly amazing.

“This year we had the weather on our side and it really made the difference. We also had some very special guests to help with the weekend and I would also like to thank them.

“We have been invited back for next year’s event, which will be held on Saturday, June 10, and Sunday, June 11, 2017.

“Please come and join us in what should be another fantastic weekend of activities for all the family and help raise money for an amazing lifesaving service.

“When you’re fighting for your life, every second counts. For us, this makes every mission critical.

“We rely entirely on donations to raise the £1,700 we need to fund each rescue mission.”