Norfolk fundraiser has a license to thrill

Local businesses, Stratton Motors, Smith and Pinching and Windsor Bishop raised money for EACH and T

Local businesses, Stratton Motors, Smith and Pinching and Windsor Bishop raised money for EACH and The East Anglian Air Ambulance at a special screening of Spectre. The cheques are received by Chief Executive of the EAAA Patrick Peal and Carol Plunkett, fundraising manager at EACH. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2016

As a James Bond charity fundraiser, it certainly had a licence to thrill.

A special screening of the Spectre film was held in November, complete with appearances from 007's iconic cars.

And now the two charities to benefit, the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and East Anglia's Children's Hospice (EACH), have each received their cheques for £12,505.

The event was organised by Stratton Motor Company, financial advisors, Smith and Pinching, and jewellers, Winsor Bishop, and was held for the fourth time.

Patrick Peal, chief executive of the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: 'It's a massive amount of money and you could say we're shaken and stirred by the donation. It's a fantastic event and we're very grateful to those who contributed. It cost £10.5 million a year to run the service so these contributions are important.'

Around £10,000 was raised through an auction which sold old car parts, items donated by local businesses and there was also a raffle.

EACH fundraising manager Carol Plunkett said the money will go towards the nook appeal, as they continue to raise money for a new hospice.

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She said: 'It has given our appeal a huge boost and it takes us a step closer to building it. We're at £2m now and it's going really well. We're delighted people are supporting us and we'd like to express our thanks to the three companies involved.'

Stratton Motor Company, in Long Stratton, which looks after the Bond cars, have a long association with holding charity events. Roger Bennington, manager director of the company, said: 'For every new Bond film we put on an event, and we've raised this sort of amount each time. We've been raising money for charities for a number of years.'

For more information about EAAA visit, www.eaaa.org.uk and for more information about EACH visit, www.each.org.uk

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