Music festival organizers donate thousands of pounds to life-saving charity


Left to right Steve Farrar and Rose Farrar with singer Dave Hank Taylor

The organizers of the Alveley Country Music Festival made the donation to the charity at a special event on Saturday, October 24.

Organizer Steve Farrar said: “We raised £ 3,800 at the 2019 festival but were unable to make the presentation due to Covid.

“The 2020 event was canceled and we actually raised £ 4,000 at this year’s event, so we donated £ 7,800.

“I am a truck driver and I see the air ambulance often. It means so much to me, this is such a great cause.”

The event took place at the Alveley Sports and Social Club and saw four country music groups perform throughout the day.

The donation brings the festival’s total support to the charity to some £ 16,500.

The music festival was also able to raise enough money to purchase a portable defibrillator.

The vital work of the air ambulance is all too well known to Steve, as one of his volunteers had his life saved a few years ago by air ambulance teams.

Steve added a poignant reminder of the need for community defibrillators as well.

“We had one death on the ground at our event this year, and at that point we decided we wanted to fundraise for a defibrillator as well,” he said.

“We can also bring it to any event we go to.”

Each year it costs more than £ 10million to maintain the three planes managed by the association and to ensure the provision of the rescue service.

Each air ambulance mission costs an average of £ 2,500.

Each ICU car or heart car mission costs an average of £ 224.

The charity does not receive funding from the government or the national lottery for its day-to-day missions, so it depends entirely on the support and generosity of the local people and businesses.

Since 1991, the Midlands Air Ambulance has responded to over 64,000 missions, making it one of the busiest air ambulance services in the UK.

The ambulance service operates from RAF Cosford regional air bases in Shropshire, Strensham in Worcestershire and Tatenhill in Staffordshire.

Each plane carries a crew consisting of a pilot, two paramedics or one paramedic and an on-board doctor, as well as full survival medical equipment.

Three rapid response vehicles are deployed if the helicopters are unable to fly for any reason.


Gerald R. Schneider

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