Staff and students raise charity funds

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance
Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

There was much jubilation and celebration on the final day of the school term for students and staff at the Daventry UTC who raised money for charity at the same time.

They all paid to wear something yellow on Friday March 27 to raise funds for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

The charity was suggested by engineering teacher Dave Chapman after his mum was airlifted by the service in April 2013.

He said “WNAA is a charity that is close to my heart following my mum being airlifted to Peterborough Hospital by Helimed 53 in April 2013 following an accident on the A605 near Oundle.

“The helicopter arrived from Coventry in around 15 minutes and was on scene faster than my step-dad who only lives four miles up the road from the accident.

“The work the guys do is fantastic and they literally save lives every day with not a penny of government funding.”

A final total from the fundraising day has yet to be revealed.

Mr Chapman who also volunteers in both the Wellingborough furniture shop and by doing bucket collections in the community.

He did one on Saturday at Harlestone Heath garden centre, has also set himself the target of raising £2,015 in 2015 for WNAA.

Dave added: “On Sunday March 22 I under took the first of many challenges/events this tear in an attempt to raise a total of £2015 for WNAA in 2015.

“I succesfully completed the 5km MSB course at Catesby near Daventry and now look forward to many more Obstacle Copurse Races throughout the year in the build up to the Great North Run in September.”

Each mission flown by the air ambulance costs £1,700.