An egg-traordinary fundraising idea won first prize this weekend at the National Federation Poultry Club Show in Stafford.

Keith Burgess and partner Sally Barnett, from Hinstock, Market Drayton, entered the show’s egg decorating competition on Saturday 18th December at the Staffordshire County Showground.  Using a large rhea egg Keith re-created the Midlands Air Ambulance helicopter, modelling the tail and rotor blades out of wood and painting the shell the Charity’s signature red and yellow - a creation that was awarded first prize!

“The inspiration for the model came when I was out shopping with Sally and saw a box of Midlands Air Ambulance air fresheners. I immediately thought ‘that looks like an egg’ and so the idea was born” says award-winning egg decorator Keith.

The decorated egg, which took almost one month to create, will be auctioned off in the New Year to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance. To bid on the egg visit

“I am well aware of the good work the air ambulance does, particularly in a rural county. I want to help keep that going so fingers crossed my little egg might raise a few pounds for the Charity.”

Keith’s partner Sally is also hoping to raise money for Charity with her hand painted Help for Heroes Egg.

A huge congratulations goes out to both Keith and Sally, this was a brilliant fundraising idea and you deserve to have won first prize. Well done!


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