£3,100 raised for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

24 October 2019 Ben Burgess News

Ben Burgess Coates recently presented a cheque for £3,100 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance following the success of their inaugural tractor run, held on 22nd September.

50 tractors took part in the event, which was held in memory of Steve Trostler, the late branch manager of Ben Burgess Coates.

The run was organised by a team of Ben Burgess employees who are delighted with its success and the total amount raised. Paul Williamson, Service Manager, said, “We had an excellent day and were so pleased with the turnout. The support from our customers, local businesses and owners of vintage machines was fantastic and we are thrilled to be able to present the air ambulance with over £3,000.”

Tony Fincham, Branch Manager at Coates, commented, “Our team worked extremely hard in the lead up to the event and on the day. We are so grateful to those that supported us, including all those who stood by the roadside to wave and also greeted us at the midway stop at The Three Tuns pub in Doddington.”

Tammy Swiderski, Community Fundraiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said, “The support we’ve had from Ben Burgess has been incredible. On average, each helicopter mission costs £3,500 and we are tasked almost 3,000 times in a year. The tractor rally in memory of Steve Trostler was a huge success and has raised almost enough to fund one mission, for which we are incredibly grateful as we simply couldn’t do our job without the support of the local community and businesses.”

Paul and his colleagues are already making plans for next year’s run, which will be held on Sunday 20th September 2020. The event will raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance once again.

Photo caption: Members of the East Anglian Air Ambulance crew and fundraising team, Ben Burgess Coates and Steve Trostler’s family, including grandsons Joshua and Noah, present the cheque at Norwich Airport.