SWAFFHAM: Air ambulance night flying gets church aid
The final act of a two-year restoration appeal at Swaffham parish church saw a £4,500-plus cheque handed over on Friday.
Baroness Shephard of Northwold, president of the church’s window restoration and development appeal, presented the money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance to its fundraising director, Peter Rosenvinge.
The cheque represented half the proceeds from a gala dinner and auction of promises, held at Swaffham Assembly Rooms in November, from which a similar sum went to the church appeal.
Mr Rosenvinge and the air ambulance’s area fundraising manager Chris Donaldson thanked the church appeal committee and event sponsors for the help towards the extra £1m a year cost of running the first night-flying air ambulance in this country.
The visitors saw two newly-replaced windows on the south side of St Peter and St Paul Church and a new community events area created by removing some of the west end pews, thanks to the near £80,000 raised for the appeal over the past two years.
A further three windows will be replaced on the north side of the church by Easter, and the heating system has also been improved.
Baroness Shephard said: “This is a terrific occasion with which to round off all the work that has gone on for our appeal.
“It was two years ago we had our first money-raising event, a Burns Night supper.”
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