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West Norfolk raises £28,000 for East Anglian Air Ambulance which saved Southery farmer Judith Legge's life





More than £28,000 has been raised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) as a thank-you after a West Norfolk group walked 32 miles from Cambridge to Southery in one day.

On Saturday at 5am, the 22 walkers followed the 'Fen Rivers Way’, with some others joining at points like The Ship Inn at Brandon Creek and at Ely.

Last November, Judith Legge was in an accident on her family farm, Further Fen Farm in Southery, and suffered severe injuries. An EAAA helicopter and crew attended and airlifted her 32 miles to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

Judith's Journey at a bandstand in Ely. Judith Legge is in dark glasses, above the word “Anglian” in the banner. Photo: David Fletcher
Judith's Journey at a bandstand in Ely. Judith Legge is in dark glasses, above the word “Anglian” in the banner. Photo: David Fletcher

She said: "The Air Ambulance is so important in the countryside as the countryside is the farmer's workplace.

"Other farmers are in a remote locations or lone working, and so I think they're vital.

"I'm doing well. I'm walking and driving, and back in the farm office.

"The walk was really good. The first ones were back here at a quarter to four and all were home by five o'clock, and 100 people had a barbecue at the farm in the evening.

"There was one lady from Ireland and my niece from Spain."

The “Judith’s Journey Home” JustGiving page has raised £28,000 for the EAAA.

The page says: "On 5th November 2021 (fireworks night) Judith Legge was in a devastating accident on the farm and suffered severe injuries. An East Anglian Air Ambulance helicopter and crew attended and airlifted Judith 32 miles to Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.

"Judith was critically ill and after lifesaving treatment in intensive care, she has made good progress and came home on 7th February to continue her recovery. Words cannot say how grateful we are to the Air Ambulance or Addenbrooke's for saving Judith’s life."

The team involved in Judith’s Journey Home included: Hannah Daley, Peter Legge, Karen Legge, Paul Daley, Ella Daley, Lewis Daley, Don Bartlett, Joana Bartlett, Susan Stockley, Anne Cooper, Holly Kew, Carol Clark, Josephine Hollister, Sam Hollister, Ali Tilling, Gillian Harte, Ben Stepniak, Rachel Wareing, Kirsty Berrigan, Angelique Blake, Jackie Grenade, Rebekah Watts, Heloise Balme, Gemma Herbert, Kit King, Ellie Heatrick, Lucy Melish and Kate Hipperson.

If anybody would like to support the effort of the walkers they can visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/judithsjourneyhome



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