Fundraising Was On The Menu At Tuffers’ Dinner

A recent fundraising evening held at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill with after dinner speaker Phil Tufnell has raised over £2,500 for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Organisers, Jilly Edge and business partner Laura Iceton from Events with the Edge, sold 180 tickets, which will help to fund the daily life saving missions by the Midlands Air Ambulance.

The evening was sponsored by local solicitors Wall James Chappell, Chiltern Railways and CSCM IT Solutions. Guests were treated to a four course dinner, fantastic comedy from Josh Daniels and a charity auction hosted by BBC WM’s Paul Franks. The highlight of the evening was a talk from cricketing legend Phil Tufnell, who didn’t disappoint as he entertained the room with stories from his past.

Jilly Edge from Events with the Edge, comments: “I am incredibly grateful to everyone who attended our Sporting Dinner with Phil Tufnell, I’m sure like me they all had a good night and went home safe in the knowledge they were helping to fund the life saving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance. It is a charity very dear to my heart as the service airlifted a young rugby player who was a friend. I’m so pleased to have been able to give something back to the service to enable the aircrew to continue to undertake their missions.”

Sofia Voutianitis, regional fundraising manager for MAAC, adds: “We all had a really great night and to see so many people in support of our service was wonderful. The money raised will go a long way to funding our three aircraft, so we’re very thankful to Jilly, event sponsors Wall James Chappell Solicitors, and everyone at the Copthorne and Route 39 who provided the sporting memorabilia for the raffle.”

In addition to supporting Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, the night also raised £500 for Trust PA, the spinal injury charity.

For more information about the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and how to support the service, please contact the team on 0800 8 40 20 40 or visit


Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.