Ten life-saving missions made possible by country house ball near Daventry

Sir James Shuckburgh and his partner Clare have raised �17,851 for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Sir James Shuckburgh and his partner Clare have raised �17,851 for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
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More than £17,000 has been raised for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) at an evening ball and auction held near Daventry.

Sir James Shuckburgh and his partner Clare hosted the ball at Shuckburgh Hall in Lower Shuckburgh in May - and because all the auction prizes were donated, it was possible to raise so much money. The £17,851 raised is enough to cover ten missions for the WNAA.

Sir James Shuckburgh said: “We are delighted by the total raised and to be supporting the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance. With no government funding, the organisation relies on us all to make sure we keep our air ambulance in the sky.”

Tracy Grunwell, national partnerships manager at the WNAA, said: ”I was absolutely delighted that Sir James and Claire came to our base and I was able to show them around and let them see for themselves how their amazing donation will make a huge difference - not just to us, but also to the patients and families that we rescue.”

Between September 21 and 27, volunteers for the WNAA will be handing out thousands of yellow pin badges in exchange for donations during the first Air Ambulance Week.

Anyone can volunteer or be a house-to-house collector or coordinate collections in their area. To find out more and sign up, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/give or call 08454 130999.