A CHARITY steam rally has given a vital cash boost to the air ambulance service that covers East Staffordshire.
More than £3,500 raised from last year’s Barton Gate Charity Steam Rally has been presented to Midlands Air Ambulance at its Tatenhill base.
The handover of the cash, which will be used to fund lifesaving missions in the area, comes as the committee behind the popular rally announced details of this year’s two-day event.
Liz Greenwood, a committee member, said: “We were told that this donation will pay for approximately one-and-a-half callouts and that the Midlands Air Ambulance deals with an average of 10 callouts per day across its region.
“Last year we had large and miniature steam vehicles, classic and vintage cars, commercial vehicles, stationary engines and classic and vintage tractors.
“We have a craft tent which had a demonstration of wood turning, as well as the usual handmade crafts.
“There were sideshows for all the family including a magician, a parrot rescue group and a dog agility group who had their own arena and put on demonstrations throughout the weekend.
“Other attractions included a large saw operated by a traction engine, which was working for most of the weekend, a chainsaw sculptor and Burton Model Engineering Society, which gave rides on its miniature train along a track.
“We had parades of all categories of vehicles in the arena.
“This year’s event has a similar fun-packed agenda.
“A lot of hard work goes into organising the rally and we appreciate the support of visitors and exhibitors alike.”
The event this year will take place on July 19 and 20 at Needwood Rise Farm, Barton Gate, in Barton under Needwood.
The event was set up in 1995 and originally took place Doveridge.
It moved to Barton in 2006, and has taken place in the village ever since.
More information on the event is available online at http://www.bartonsteam.co.uk/