Your article: Record-breaking ball hits £64,000 for air ambulance

Dorothy Brighton hands over the cheque for �64,000 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance North Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser Bob Smailes
Dorothy Brighton hands over the cheque for �64,000 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance North Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser Bob Smailes

An East Yorkshire fundraising ball has made a record-breaking £64,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The staggering total from the sixth annual Bush Beaters’ Ball is one of the largest single donations made to the rapid response emergency service from a non-corporate event.

More than 300 guests attended the ball in a marquee at the Warter Priory Estate, near Pocklington.

The first ball was organized six years ago by Dorothy Brighton to raise money for the Stroke Unit at Hull Royal Infirmary following the death of her husband.

Dorothy, sister of Warter Priory Keepers Frank and Richard Croft, said: “It has grown every year thanks to the fantastic support from the field sports side of the estate.

“It is such a fantastic evening with an amazing auction and raffle prizes.

“People were so generous and wanted to raise as much as possible for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

“The support I get each year is truly unbelievable.”

Auction lots included a holiday in Antigua and days at several top shoots. Guests at this year’s ball included two people who had been airlifted to hospital by Yorkshire Air Ambulance following rural accidents.

The independent charity, which attends more than 1,000 incidents a year, serves five million people across the whole of Yorkshire.

The charity needs to raise £12,000 every single day to keep its two helicopters maintained and in the air. North Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser Bob Smailes said: “In the 15 years I have been working for the charity, this is the largest single donation ever received from an event like this.

“We cannot thank Dorothy and her team enough for organising such an amazing event and we have just been blown away by the generosity of the guests.”

Previous Bush Beaters’ Balls have also raised money for the British Heart Foundation and Whitby Lifeboat.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity needing to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of the county’s air ambulances in the air and maintained.

This is equivalent to £4.4m each year. It provides a life-saving rapid response emergency service 365 days a year to five million people across four million acres of Yorkshire. Patients are transferred to the nearest major trauma centres, flying at speeds of up to 160mph.