Fens friendship group gives air ambulance a lift

Janet Hume (2nd left) from the Great North Air Ambulance is welcomed to the Fens Monday Club by committee members (left to right) May Ellison, Eva MacPherson and Maureen Braithwaite.
Janet Hume (2nd left) from the Great North Air Ambulance is welcomed to the Fens Monday Club by committee members (left to right) May Ellison, Eva MacPherson and Maureen Braithwaite.
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THE Great North Air Ambulance has been given a lift after a friendship club adopted it as their chosen charity to support.

The Fens Monday Club decided to support the life-saving charity for the year ahead after they listened to an eye-opening presentation on its work.

The Great North Air Ambulance’s Janet Hume paid a recent visit to the club where she explained how they operate and how they rely on funding from the public to carry on.

Maureen Braithwaite, chairwoman of the Fens Monday Club, which meets once a week, said: “It was an amazing presentation and we have adopted them as our charity.

“When we saw the footage that they showed it really brought it home to members how important the work they do is.

“You see it in the news but it doesn’t always touch you in the same way. We think it is outstanding the work that they do.”

The club raised more than £50 for the air ambulance after an impromptu collection and they will hold a collection box to boost funds.

Meanwhile, the club is looking to attract new members after witnessing a drop in numbers over the winter.

The club, which meets at the Fens Heron Centre, attached to Fens Primary School, is open to anyone over 21 who has a bit of time on their hands.

They welcome monthly guest speakers on a variety of topics, enjoy coach trips and meals out.

Mrs Braithwaite added: “We do not just sit down and play bingo, we try to stimulate people and promote friendship.

“It is a friendly place for people to come once a week and we are working hard to keep everyone happy.

“It would be nice if we could get some more members.”

Membership is £2 a week, half of which goes towards the hire of the hall.

To find out more about joining the Fens Monday Club contact Mrs Braithwaite on (01429) 870848.