The Scarborough News

Probus Club helps air ambulance to keep flying high


Yorkshire Air Ambulance has received a donation of £543.65 from Filey and District Probus Club. The funds were presented to air ambulance fundraiser­s Jean Dixon and Carol Lockwood, pictured, by Probus Club president Peter Barker, centre. The cash was raised via the club’s talks, a stamp auction, donations and president’s fund. The presentati­on took place at the Masonic Hall in Filey, where the group holds its regular meetings. Jean said: “We were delighted to receive the donation. It will go towards general funds and will be used to help keep our two helicopter­s flying. “It costs £12,000 a day to run the outfit and the fuel bill alone is quite a lot of money.” Jean added: “The helicopter­s are out on a daily basis and between the two of them they can do seven, eight or nine calls a day. “We have 500 miles of motorway to cover in Yorkshire and the teams can usually get a patient to a trauma hospital within ten minutes.” Jean runs a fundraisin­g stall at Scarboroug­h Market Hall and is happy to offer support to anyone wishing to organise an event in aid of the air ambulance. She can provide leaflets and posters. Picture by Richard Ponter 154310

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