Norfollk barn dance raises �15,000 for air ambulance

Mid-Norfolk farmers Hugh and Suzie Scott raised �15,000 for the East Anglia air ambulance at a Beeston barn dance.Friends including Roger and Yvonne Long and family, haulier Sid and Linda Walpole and Elizabeth Gould, helped stage the event at School Farm with help from Norfolk YFC members.

Mid-Norfolk farmers Hugh and Suzie Scott raised �15,000 for the East Anglia air ambulance at a Beeston barn dance.

Friends including Roger and Yvonne Long and family, haulier Sid and Linda Walpole and Elizabeth Gould, helped stage the event at School Farm with help from Norfolk YFC members.

Mr and Mrs Scott's two sons, Robert and Peter, who were both seriously injured in separate accidents, were transported to hospital within the "magic hour" - by air ambulance.

So, the family and farming community decided to show practical support.


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And horticulturalist Anthony Darby, of Methwold, brought along some plants for sale at the entrance to boost the proceeds.

Auctioneer Simon Evans, of Irelands, raised �4,300 from lots including a picture by artist Peter Westacott. His dramatic picture of the air ambulance over Beeston sold for �1,900 to Mr Walpole. A holiday home for six in Spain made �680, again donated by the Walpole family.

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Other lots included training for a trailer test, which made �240 and the youngest bidder, William Clarke, son of Andrew and Hayley Clarke, bought a JCB ride-on tractor for �120.

A hard-working team, led by Carl Graves, of Graves of Briston, near Melton Constable, fed the crowd and YFC bar kept the beer flowing with Woodforde's Wherry. t Further donations can be made to Beeston Barn Dance, School Farm, Beeston, King's Lynn, PE32 2NJ.

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