Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) are saying a very big thank you to the organisers of the Treswell Festival whose generous donation of £16,255 will help keep its helicopter and critical care cars operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Festival organiser, Rosie Cope, explains how the Treswell Festival came about and why it is so important to raise money to keep the iconic yellow helicopter flying across the skies of Nottinghamshire, attending the most serious of incidents and helping people with life-threatening injuries.
She said: “The Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance is a charity that is inextricably close to the hearts of all our family. In 2015 my uncle was involved in an accident and was airlifted by LNAA to Sheffield Northern General Hospital. Whilst Benson unfortunately died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the accident, we all knew that with the quick action of LNAA he was given every survival chance possible and for that we will be forever indebted.
“Benson was a qualified helicopter pilot and was passionate himself in supporting this life saving charity, in awe of the doctors in the sky that gave up their free time to literally save lives.
“The date of the Treswell Festival is a timely reminder to celebrate Benson’s life and to raise money for the LNAA. Held close to 15th July, the date of Benson’s birthday, we organise an outdoor music event, in a field which usually includes live music, provided by local bands, a lot of alcohol, food, face painting and a chance for our community to come to together, raise money and let their hair down.
“My family and I have been organising Treswell Festival since 2017, only taking a break due to COVID restrictions. Each year the ticketed event has become bigger and more popular and together with our community, we have raised a fabulous figure of £38,755.66 – a figure that we are all very proud of. We’ve now set the bar even higher and are very much looking forward to 2023.”
The LNAA is grateful to Rosie and her family as well as the army of volunteers and local suppliers who made this event happen.
For more details on how you can support LNAA’s vital work, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk.