Drama group raises £6,000 for Air Ambulance
The Court Players from Rangeworthy exceeded their own expectations by raising just more than £6,000 in two years for the Great Western Air Ambulance.
The group had set themselves the target of £2,000 which would pay for one helicopter mission. Most of the money came from raffles, bucket collections and social events, but one brave member did a sky dive.
The members visited the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity’s air base at Filton to present the cheque. Court Players Secretary Richard Lewis said: “This cheque means we have potentially saved three people’s lives, a very rewarding achievement.”
It costs £3m every year to keep the helicopter operational, and no money comes from either the government or the national lottery. The GWAAC’s Fundraising Co’ordinator Joe Hughes said: “We really appreciate people like The Court Players and their donations as it all helps to keep the much-needed service operational”. The GWAAC currently has the option of buying its new base at Almondsbury, but an extra £1.25 million must be raised.
The next production staged by The Court Players is the musical ‘Oliver!’, which will include some of the original cast who performed the show with the group, in 1972. The musical, which celebrates The Court Players 60th anniversary, will be staged at The Memorial Hall in Rangeworthy in February.