Charity ball for air ambulance

A 10 year-old girl from Woodford Halse who was seriously injured by a falling tree will next month be hosting a charity ball for the air ambulance.

The charity ball will begin at 7pm on Friday, October 17 at Fawsley Hall Hotel with a champagne reception and three-course meal followed by a raffle.

Annabelle Orritt was left with serious head injuries, including a fractured skull, multiple fractures of her eye socket and a broken cheekbone after a 40ft tree fell on her while walking home from school with a friend on May 23.

Annabelle’s stepfather, David Brooks, 43, is a firefighter at Banbury Fire Station. He gave Annabelle first aid on the scene before she was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Mr Brooks said Annabelle decided to raise money for the charity, which relies entirely on charitable donations, while she was still in hospital.

He said: “She was remarkable and a very good patient.

“She has been really good, very brave. You don’t realise how important the air ambulance is until you need it. You can’t fault them, they do a cracking job.”

Mr Brooks lives with his partner Torie Orritt, 36, and their children Annabelle, Daniel, seven, Alex, nine and Edward, seven months. He said: “It has been very difficult for my partner and I. It had a big impact on our family. She was about to go on holiday. We had to cancel that and four others.”

But Annabelle has made good progress and will be present at the charity ball, which aims to raise at least £1,800 for the Air Ambulance, with Fawsley Hotel providing some services for free or at a reduced price for the special occasion.

While there are only 100 spaces, Mr Brooks said another fundraiser is likely to take place later this year.

Tickets will cost £49.50 per person with £20 of each ticket going to the air ambulance. For more information call 01327 892 000 or email events.fawsley@handpicked.co.uk.