Kesgrave: Jazz bands raise nearly �4,000 for charity

THE East Anglian Air Ambulance is better off to the tune of �3,925.50 thanks to bands from the area.

Rave On, Jazzshades and The Martells played at the fourth annual fundraiser at Kesgrave Social Club.

It was organised by Martells drummer Sandy Sutherland, whose life was saved by the air ambulance crew after he suffered a heart attack while playing golf in 2007. With land ambulances unable to reach him, the Air Ambulance was called.

Mr Sutherland thanked everybody involved including Phil Bennett, who provided the light and sound; compere Stephen Foster, Kesgrave Social Club and all the companies who provided raffle prizes.

“A mission for us can cost �1,000-�1,500. It’s incredible that people like Sandy raise thousands for us every year - that’s lives saved,” said Pip Duffy, the air ambulance’s area fundraising manager.

The Ipswich Star has launched the Lifesaver Appeal to raise �10,000 to help the service introduce night flying, the first of its kind in the country. To donate to the appeal visit www.justgiving.com/starlifesaverappeal.

Has the East Anglian Air Ambulance saved your life? Call the Star newsdesk on 01473 324788 or e-mail starnews@archant.co.uk