Lions club wants air ambulance aid

CHARITABLE volunteers want other community organisations to help them raise £3,000 for a life-saving service.

Kettering Lions Club has launched its fifth annual raffle in aid of the county air ambulance and the club is inviting other groups to sell tickets.

President John Gray, 62, said: “When we do our raffle ticket sales in the town so many people coming past come over and have a story to tell about how the air ambulance has helped them or relatives.

“There is no better reason for us to support it than that.”

Mr Gray knows for himself how important the service is.

The air ambulance was called out when a family friend had an accident in Mawsley.

The location would have been difficult for a land ambulance to reach so the helicopter landed in playing fields.

Mr Gray said his friend is now fine.

Other clubs and charities who sell tickets can keep half of the takings for their own cause.

The Lions pay for the prize and all the costs, and the clubs get the tickets on a sale or return basis, so there is no risk to them.

The Lions, who have raised £14,000 for the service through the past four raffles, usually raises close to £3,000 each year.

But Mr Gray said the club wants to beat that total this year.

He said: “We’re very proud. We will go on trying to raise that kind of money for them,”

The raffle ticket sales also enable the Lions to support many other local worthy causes.

These include the recent garden development project at Isebrook School, pensioners’ days out and events for less able adults and children.

Volunteers will be out in Gold Street until December selling tickets.

First prize is £500 and 12 meal vouchers donated by restaurants and pubs.

The Lions are also holding a family fun day at Kettering Rugby Club from 1.30pm on August 6.

Any clubs wishing to be partners can call John Inns on 01536 483974 or John Geary on 01536 481539.