Air ambulance receives cheque after club’s games marathon

Simon Leadbitter, Phil Loads and club president Steve White with mayor Cllr Ken Harrington and Jean Harrington
Simon Leadbitter, Phil Loads and club president Steve White with mayor Cllr Ken Harrington and Jean Harrington

More than £1,200 has been presented to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) after a 24-hour sports marathon.

Members of Wilby Working Men’s Club were sponsored to stay up all night playing darts, skittles, pool, dominoes and other games on September 7 and 8.

Club members Mick and Bridget Dowling were involved in a car accident in Wellingborough earlier this year which required the air ambulance, with Mr Dowling breaking a vertebrae in his neck and having to be flown for treatment to hospital in Coventry. Mrs Dowling also broke her sternum in the crash.

Phil Loads, who organised the event after seeing how vital the air ambulance had been for Mr and Mrs Dowling, said participants had enjoyed raising the money.

“We were up laughing and joking all night long,” he said. “We are only a small club, so to raise the amount of money we did was absolutely super.”

A cheque for £1,237.88 was handed over to WNAA fundraising representative Simon Leadbitter on Sunday, November 4 at the club. Wellingborough mayor Cllr Ken Harrington was also in attendance.