Fun raising thousands at Dudley Fete!

Luke, 15, opens fete in aid of Air Ambulance two years after they helped save his life

The residents of Dudley’s Woodside Estate turned out in force to support the Lovell Fete and raised £4000 for the life saving charity.

The summer fete, organised by local affordable house builder and regeneration specialist Lovell,  took place on Bank Holiday Saturday (27 August) and included traditional stalls, face painting, bouncy castle and raffle, as well as the Helipod.

The company invited 15 year old survivor Luke Cumberlidge to officially open the fete. Luke was airlifted from the park in 2009 after being knocked off his bike by a lorry while doing his paper round.

Luke’s mother Sarah said; “The Midlands Air Ambulance means so much to us – they saved Luke’s life. We’re always happy to do anything we can to help and Luke was delighted to be asked to open the fete.”

David Gough, Regional Director for Lovell in the Midlands, said; “We’re delighted at the success of the fete, which not only brought the local community together on a fun day out with the family, but also raised so much money for a vital and rightly well-respected local charity.”

Sofia Voutianitis, local area fundraising manager for the charity added; “The day was a fantastic success and a wonderful way to enjoy the summer while raising money for a life saving charity which is funded solely by the generosity of the community.”

Stan Chance, Director, The Dudley Federation of Tenants and Residents Associations, concluded; “This fete was important because it not only helped raise funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance who depend on the public, but it also brought the local community together - which is more important now than ever after what has been happening in other parts of the country recently.”

Luke opens the fete

Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.