Brandon poker team’s gift to air ambulance in memory of young player

Members of the Ram Hotel poker team in Brandon have donated more than £4,000 to East Anglian Air Amb

Members of the Ram Hotel poker team in Brandon have donated more than £4,000 to East Anglian Air Ambulance in memory of a former player, Jon Wojtasz, who was killed in a car crash. Courtesy of Joe Gast - Credit: Archant

A poker team who lost one of its players in a car crash two years ago has donated more than £4,000 to charity in his name.

Jonathan Wojtasz, from Brandon, was 28 when he died after the collision in Santon Downham in April 2014.

Since the crash, members of the Ram Hotel poker team for whom he had played have been holding annual charity poker nights in his name.

Now the team, which plays with the Champions Poker League, has donated the proceeds – around £4,100 – to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Fellow poker team member Joe Gast said: 'We're just so chuffed that we can do something like this in recognition of our young friend.

'He was a lovely young man, we all liked and respected him and had a really good time playing poker with him.

'Before the first event we just felt we wanted to do something for him, and we want to carry on. The family are so grateful for what we've done.'

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Representatives from the East Anglian Air Ambulance received the poker team's donation during a cheque presentation at the Ram Hotel, where the charity poker nights are held.

As well as card games, the poker nights also featured raffles and auctions with donated prizes. Around 30 players took part in this year's event including Mr Wojtasz's grandfather, former Brandon town councillor Bill Bishop.

Mr Gast said: 'It's unbelievable to us, we're still in awe of the generosity that people have portrayed for this young man.'

Holly Noon, East Anglian Air Ambulance fundraising officer for South Norfolk, said: 'We are so grateful and honoured for all the support and generosity from the Charity Poker League, the Ram and from Jon's friends and family to the East Anglian Air Ambulance in his memory.'

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