Charity pot just grows and grows

Robert Colgrave, centre, fundraiser for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, is presented with a cheque for �921.44 by (left) James Ellis, Captain of the winning team, The Cobras and (right) Nic Crofts, Hardy Nursery Stock Expert at Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre.
Robert Colgrave, centre, fundraiser for the Great North Air Ambulance Service, is presented with a cheque for �921.44 by (left) James Ellis, Captain of the winning team, The Cobras and (right) Nic Crofts, Hardy Nursery Stock Expert at Heighley Gate Nursery and Garden Centre.

A NORTHUMBERLAND garden centre’s football tournament in Morpeth netted almost £1,000 for charity.

The money was raised by staff at Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre, who organised the seven-a-side competition last month to support the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Four teams took part in the event at Morpeth Rugby Club. They were made up of past and present employees from the centre and their friends and families and each participant paid £5 to enter.

A cheque for £921.44 was recently presented to the charity.

Heighley Gate’s Events Co-ordinator, Sarah Tait, said: “This was the third year running that we have hosted the football tournament and it was a great success.

“We are delighted with the amount of money we have raised. GNAAS does a great job and we are pleased we could support it again.

“We also invited people to come and watch the tournament. Admission was free but there was a collection bucket for anyone who wished to donate to the charity.

“After the event, we hosted a BBQ and the musical entertainment for visitors was provided by cover band, Paul and Rich.

“I would also like to thank Morpeth Rugby Club for letting us use its grounds free of charge for the charity event.”

GNAAS operates a fleet of helicopters, covering from the borders of Scotland down to North Yorkshire and from coast to coast. It is dedicated to transporting time-critical injured or ill patients to specialist hospitals.

Lynne Simmons, Fund-raising Team Manager, said: “On behalf of GNAAS, I would like to say a big thank-you to everyone at Heighley Gate Nursery & Garden Centre for raising such a fantastic amount of money.

“The charity receives no government funding and relies solely on public donations to deliver its life-saving service, which is why support such as this is so vital.”