Avon Valley School students in Newbold raise money for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

Students hand over money to the air ambulance.
Students hand over money to the air ambulance.

Students from Avon Valley School in Newbold took part in a charity event that could save lives.

More than 180 pupils completed a five mile sponsored walk to raise funds for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The students, all aged 11 to 14 years and belonging to the school’s Fortune House, successfully completed their challenge by walking along footpaths of Newbold.

They then went through the fields of Long Lawford and the muddy towpath of the Oxford Canal.

Dan Phelan, Fortune House’s Achievement Leader, said: “The students were fantastic throughout the entire day.

“For some students completing a five mile walk was a real challenge and I am proud that they all achieved it.”

The students also enjoyed learning about the local air ambulance and I am grateful to Katie Lockton for visiting us.”

The service, based at Coventry Airport, receives no government funding and needs £1.7m a year to keep going.

It provides vital, lifesaving cover for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.

Katie Lockton, air ambulance fundraising manager for Warwickshire and Birmingham, said: “I am delighted Avon Valley’s Fortune House has chosen us as their House charity.

“It was great to spend time with the students and share information with them about our lifesaving work. All the students were polite and a pleasure to work with.”

Set up more than ten years ago, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance carries out an average of 1,800 rescue missions per year, at a cost of around £1,700 per mission.

They are currently recruiting for volunteers in all the counties they serve.

Jo Payne, national volunteering Manager, praised the children’s efforts, saying: “We can’t do our vital work without the help of volunteers in our communities.

“We will be continuing our recruitment to build our volunteer numbers and ensure we have supporter groups
actively working in all key 
areas.”

To find out more about volunteering visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or telephone 08454 130999.