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Wednesday Girls hand a donation to air ambulance

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Yarmouth’s Wednesday Girls, who meet on a Thursday, have donated £600 to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

The Wednesday Girls, formed in 2001, are a group of friends who now meet on a Thursday at the home of Sue Renwick for a gossip and to use their skills in craftwork for an annual charity sale.

Their recent sale at the Community Hall of Yarmouth and District made £1,000, with the other £400 being donated to the hall.

June Ring made the presentation to air ambulance volunteer, Don Hughes, who said: “It’s absolutely wonderful and means such a lot to us. In November, we were called out 121 times on the Island with each call-out costing an average of £2,882.

“We also operate three vehicles as well as the air ambulance and all carry the same equipment as a resuscitation unit in a hospital.

“The air ambulance went out 62 times and the vehicles 59 times, with 94 day call-outs and 27 night operations. Of those, there were 41 cardiac arrests, 22 traffic accidents and 26 medical emergencies, as well as a variety of other reasons.

“In all, it costs us £15,000 a day to run the service which can reach the Island from the mainland in just 20 minutes, so this donation is extremely helpful.”

Pictured: Don Hughes and June Ring