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Nearly £4,000 raised for charity by Jazz bands

Thanks to the fundraising efforts of Rave On, Jazzshades and The Martells, East Anglian Air Ambulance is better off to the tune of £3,925.50.

The local jazz bands raised money for the worthy cause at the fourth annual fundraiser at Kesgrave Social Club.

The event was organised by Martells drummer Sandy Sutherland who owes the air ambulance crew his when he suffered a heart attack while playing golf in 2007. Land ambulances were unable to reach him so the Air Ambulance was called.

Mr Sutherland thanked everyone who was involved in the event including light and sound man Phil Bennett, compere Stephen Foster, venue the Kesgrave Social Club and the companies who generously donated raffle prizes.

The air ambulance’s area fundraising manager, Pip Duffy, said: “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.”

The Ipswich Star newspaper has recently launched the Lifesaver Appeal to try and raise £10,000 for the first night flying service in the country. If you would like to donate to the appeal, visit www.justgiving.com/starlifesaverappeal.

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