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Fakenham punter backs charity race day for air ambulance which saved his life




A punter whose life was saved when he suffered a cardiac arrest during a meeting at Fakenham Racecourse will return to the track next week as part of a major charity fundraiser.

Course officials announced plans to raise funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) at their opening meeting of the 2019-20 National Hunt racing season last month.

And among those backing the cause will be Bob Burford, whose life was saved by EAAA medics when he fell ill during a meeting at the track in March.

Bob Burford, left, with critical care paramedic Neil Flowers who was one of the crew who saved him when he suffered a cardiac arrest at Fakenham Racecourse in March (18871515)
Bob Burford, left, with critical care paramedic Neil Flowers who was one of the crew who saved him when he suffered a cardiac arrest at Fakenham Racecourse in March (18871515)

Mr Burford will be back at the course for its first meeting of the new season next Friday, October 18, to thank the crews who treated him.

The meeting, which will also feature CPR demonstrations and a reception in the course's Lancaster Room, is the venue's first to raise funds for the charity. A £5 donation will be made from the cost of every ticket sold on the track's website using the promotional code EAAA5 by midnight next Thursday.

Mr Burford said: “I wouldn’t be here without them. I see them flying over my house from time to time, and know I am supporting an amazing local charity.

"It’s fantastic that the racecourse are hosting a charity raceday for the air ambulance.”

Officials hope the meeting, which is sponsored by Sky Sports Racing, will raise £5,000 for the charity.

Course chief executive David Hunter said: “The work of the air ambulance is vital to the region and any one of us could need their life saving help at any time.”

Tickets are available here or by phoning 01328 862388.



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