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High praise for Air Ambulance support

Last year’s Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, Councillor Tom Donnelly, raised more than £4,800 for the local Air Ambulance during his 12 months in office.

The Ashbourne south ward member since 2011 represented the Derbyshire Dales as civic chairman at around 100 engagements in the county in 2016/17.

And the former fire officer, who served in Derbyshire for 31 years, raised funds along the way for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Councillor Donnelly, pictured with his wife Denyse and (centre) and Richard Fletcher from the DLRAA, who handed over his chain of office recently to this year’s Chairman of the District Councillor Steve Flitter, raised a total of £4867.29 from regular events including a charity dinner.

No stranger to a chain of officer – he was Ashbourne’s Town Mayor in 2011/12 – Councillor Donnelly said:

“It was an honour to represent the Derbyshire Dales and I am immensely grateful to everyone who contributed to the Air Ambulance during my year in office.”

The DLRAA’s Richard Fletcher said:

“DLRAA relies entirely on donations from members of the public as it receives no Government or National Lottery funding. Therefore, support from people such as Councillor Donnelly and Derbyshire Dales District Council is invaluable and goes a long way to helping to keep our lifesaving service flying and saving lives.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported this fantastic fundraising effort and for their generosity. This donation will help us save three lives.”

DLRAA was formed in 2008 and attends around five rescue missions every day, from horse riding accidents and road traffic collisions to sports injuries, falls, and many more – and has carried out more than 8,900 rescue missions and saved many lives in the process, each rescue mission costing on average £1,700.

Last year’s Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, Councillor Tom Donnelly, raised more than £4,800 for the local Air Ambulance during his 12 months in office.

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