Couples’ special anniversaries raise funds for Devon’s air ambulance

Wednesday 2nd November 2016 1:00 pm
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A cheque for £1,360, raised from wedding anniversary celebrations, presented to Devon Air Ambulance — Pete Lambourn (DAA), Bill Cleave, Edith Cleave, Valerie Tape, Colin Tape and Kath Lambourn (DAA). Picture: Dawn Bewes

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DURING September two couples in Morwenstow celebrated significant wedding anniversaries and raised funds to support the Devon Air Ambulance (DAA).

Bill and Edith Cleave celebrated their Diamond wedding anniversary on September 11, and Valerie and Colin Tape celebrated their Golden Wedding anniversary on the September 24. Both couples requested donations be made to the DAA in lieu of gifts and together they raised an amazing £1,360.

Bill Cleave said: “We chose to support Devon Air Ambulance as we are very aware of the importance of this service to our community. Over the years people in Morwenstow have been airlifted by them on quite a few occasions. As we were celebrating with a party, it seemed to us to be a good time to ask for voluntary donations for this charity instead of people giving us things we do not need”.

Morwenstow is the most northerly parish in Cornwall and is situated on the Devon border, just over 30 miles from the nearest general hospital, North Devon District Hospital (NDDH). Bill Cleave added: “In the summer the roads to NDDH can get very congested”.

Valerie Tape said: “Colin and I were very keen to support Devon Air Ambulance as we live on the border and often see the helicopter fly over and back to Barnstaple. Regularly seeing the helicopter is a reminder of how much we need this service”.

DAA fundraising director Caroline Creer said: “We are extremely grateful for the support from Bill, Edith, Valerie and Colin. Their address is Cornwall and we never want to deflect fundraising from a supporter’s local air ambulance, but due to the parishes positioning on the Devon border we are often dispatched to attend incidents in Morwenstow. We have a very good working relationship with Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT) and as we say here at DAAT there are no county lines in the sky, we are here to provide a service to those in need.”

DAAT volunteers Pete and Kathy Lambourn attended a cheque presentation at the home of Bill and Edith Cleave on Friday, October 21, to receive the funds on DAAT’s behalf.

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