The Helicopter Club of Great Britain, which includes world champion flyers, took part in a unique adventure day in aid of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Six helicopters landed at the Elizabethan, Holdenby House, near East Haddon, on Wednesday, December 7th along with representatives of the air ambulance service.
After a tour of the stately home, built in 1583, the party off-roaded through the estate in a fleet of the latest Land Rover Evoques under the watchful eye of experts from Northampton’s Hartwell Land Rover to an award winning village restaurant.
Air Ambulance representatives also joined the group at The Red Lion at East Haddon, which recently won a Michelin BIB Gourmand award, for a demonstration by Michelin starred chef Adam Gray at the pub’s cookery school.
The Air Ambulance is a charity event close to the heart of Holdenby Event Manager, Gilly Wrathall, who has experienced the work of the air ambulance first hand.
“The service flew in to help my mother during a very serious incident and I can’t thank them enough for their speed and professionalism,” she said.
“I’m obviously a staunch fan and to have a group of local companies getting together to organise a day in support of the air ambulance is wonderful.”
The Red Lion’s Adam Gray says he was more than delighted to take part.
“The charity, I think, is one that everyone can relate to as you never know when you’ll be the one needing it,” he said.
Northamptonshire and Warwickshire Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, Tracy Grunwell, says they’re delighted to be involved in such an unusual day.
“I haven’t been involved in anything like this before and it’s a real lifestyle event involving something for everyone”, said Tracy.
“Without donations from people and companies who organise events like this the charity would not survive.
“We can never guarantee to attend events as we are an active service but we do try our best depending on the weather and call outs.”