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Northamptonshire Rugby Club raise over £1,700 for local air ambulance

The Old Northamptonians RFC have thanked your local air ambulance by presenting us with an incredible cheque for £1,725.88 – the cost of a lifesaving mission.

Earlier this year, our Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance flew to an incident in Syston where two players from the Old Northamptonians (ONs) RFC suffered head injuries in a “freak accident”.

Our critical care team were on scene within 11 minutes to treat one of the players and, as a thank you to the crew, the ONs chose to raise money for our lifesaving service by wearing yellow socks during a weekend fixture, as well as a club organised raffle.

Richard Bosworth, ONs first team manager, said: “The first, second, third and ladies’ teams all wore yellow socks to represent the air ambulance for a £10 donation.

“Our first team played Towcester who also got behind the idea and wore yellow socks as well.

“We wanted to do this because although it wasn’t used in the end, the air ambulance was called for one of our players as it was needed at the time and we know it’s expensive to run, so we wanted to give back.”

To show their appreciation and to learn more about how your local air ambulance operates, a group of ON’s players visited the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulances’ base in Coventry where they handed over a fabulous donation to the clinical crew on shift.

Community Fundraising Executive for Your Local Air Ambulance, Stacey Randall added: “Firstly, I am so glad to hear that both players have recovered well and are back on the pitch.

“As our vital service is not government funded, we rely solely on the generosity of the public and we cannot thank the Old Northamptonians RFC teams enough for their donation.”

Our crews are still attending lifesaving missions during this difficult time, to find out more on how you can help support your local air ambulance, click here.