Teenagers raise almost £2,000 in memory of north Suffolk doctor

The group of 16 and 17-year-olds, with one of their team leaders, who signed up to the National Citi

The group of 16 and 17-year-olds, with one of their team leaders, who signed up to the National Citizen Service and raised almost £2,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. - Credit: Archant

A group of teenagers has raised almost £2,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) in memory of a doctor who died after suffering severe burns after trying to light a bonfire.

The group of seven 16- and 17-year-olds signed up to the National Citizen Service scheme and came up with a number of sponsored events to raise money for the air ambulance who treated former Halesworth and Framlingham doctor Darryl Peel at the scene following the incident on February 6 last year, before flying him to the specialist burns unit at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.

Mr Peel arrived in just 20 minutes – a journey which might have taken four hours in a land ambulance. He died in an induced coma on February 26, but was given a fighting chance because of the quick actions of the air ambulance crew.

Among the fundraising group was Dr Peel's son Sam, who lives in Huntingfield near Halesworth, and friend Georgia Hanner, of Bungay, who both attend East Norfolk Sixth Form College in Gorleston.

Seventeen-year-old Georgia said the group were 'ecstatic' to find out how much they had raised for such a worthy cause. She added: 'We took a terrible experience and we made something good out of it which helped a great charity and now we hope we can use our story and inspire other teenagers to do something amazing for a great cause.'

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In order to raise the money the group, also made up of Holly Moore, Daisy Elvin, Jake Thomas, Callum Lee and Nadia Konno from Sudbury and Wickham Market, held two sponsored silences and completed sponsored walks, runs and swims as well as holding a 'onesie day' and bag packing at a supermarket.

A cheque for £1,915.82 was presented to representatives from the EAAA last week, who told the group they had raised enough money to cover the costs of 10 missions.

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The National Citizen Service is a scheme for young people designed to help them take on new challenges and build skills for work and life.

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