Fundraising day in memory of Jamie

Jamie Collins
Jamie Collins

The family of Jamie Collins, who died in a car crash in January, are this month launching a fundraising event for the Air Ambulance Service.

The fundraiser, taking place at Daventry Football Club from 12.30pm till late on Sunday, August 24, will include live music, a disco, tombola and raffle with a host of prizes, including a 40ins Sony TV.

Jamie Collins died following a two vehicle crash on the A361 south of Daventry on January 18. Also in the car was his daughter Skye, who was 16 at the time. His family credit the swift intervention of the air ambulance for saving her life.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance flew to the scene. Both are run by the Air Ambulance Service.

Jamie’s brother Shane Collins, said: “We wanted to say thank you to the Air Ambulance Service. Without them Skye would not be here. They were the first people there.”

The fundraising event on August 24 is expected to attract hundreds of visitors, and will have a host of activities and attractions, including a bouncy castle, penalty shoot out and auction, with a Man United Shirt and hotel stay up for grabs.

Shane, 36, who runs his own decorating business, said:“I’ve been overwhelmed by the response. It started small, me and some of Jamie’s friends had a page set up on Facebook, but then people started contacting me and we got loads of people liking it. Most of the town will be there. And a lot of people were just coming up to us and other members of the family and offering prizes.

“We have got 100 prizes from people and small businesses.

“Even the ice cream van is not charging us to come and they are paying 25 per cent of their takings to the air ambulance.”

“We have collected everything personally to say thank you to everyone involved.

“It is doing my mum a lot of good. She is looking after the jewellery stalls. Since we have arranged this I see a glint in her eye every time we talk about it.”

Shane said he was particularly grateful to fire and rescue service road safety co-ordinator Shaun Degroot, who has been instrumental in getting the fundraiser off the ground.

Shane said: “Shaun got in touch with me. He took all our ideas on board and got things started. He actually booked three weeks off work to give 100 per cent of his time to this. He has been absolutely brilliant.”