Nidderdale Agricultural Society presented a cheque for £2,227 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at their recent annual general meeting.
Show President, John Fort, made the presentation to Tony Doveston of the YAA who had brought along Helen Gowan from the charity who is taking over from him. Mr Fort said the YAA provides a magnificent service for Nidderdale and is a truly worthy cause.
Mr Doveston said he wanted to give a very big thank you on behalf of the Air Ambulance for all the work done by the Society, the show and the people of Pateley Bridge for the air ambulance. He said they need £10,000 every day to do the work they do and since they started in October 2000 they had taken 5,463 people to hospital.
“We own both our helicopters, thanks primarily to Richard Hammond. We are one of the very few who actually owns our helicopters. We fly seven days a week from dawn till dusk weather permitting. Whenever we take a patient we fly them to a centre of excellence for the best possible treatment. We are now extending the service we offer, not just rescuing, we are transferring teams of people, taking doctors to the patients.”
The money had been raised when Nidderdale Agricultural Society brought Harness racing back to Pateley Bridge after an absence of 70 years. The event last September was held in conjunction with Eden Valley Harness Racing Association and masterminded by Nidderdale Agricultural Society committee members Joe and Trevor Stoney. The final was won by driver, Lee Fletcher with horse, Blackwell Drive.