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Still time to boost Nuneaton and Bedworth Civic Appeal which is helping life-saving service

Published on Tuesday, 2nd May 2023

Mayor with reps from Warks Air Ambulance service

Nuneaton and Bedworth Mayor Cllr Jeff Clarke JP’s year of office will soon be over, but there is still time for one final push to raise funds for his Civic Appeal.

Cllr Clarke JP has spent the last year raising funds for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

His total currently stands at £20,000 with several planned events to take place, with many fundraising activities being held over the last 12 months including charity concerts, fun days and raffles. 

On Saturday, 13 May, Mark Etienne, the Mayor’s son-in law will undertake a 24-hour Walk and Run Challenge in aid of the appeal, starting outside Nuneaton Town Hall at 10:30am, and from there he will head out towards the borough boundary.

His endeavour will then see him set out to run and walk the full length of the Nuneaton and Bedworth boundary, around 46km, or 28.5 miles.

From here he will look to visit different local landmarks continuing to walk and run as far as possible in 24 hours, culminating outside Nuneaton Town Hall at 10:30am the following day on Sunday, 14 May.

Mr Etienne is doing this with the hope of raising £1,800 which is enough for one mission lift and an hour’s flying time and said:

“I have witnessed the Air Ambulance team provide lifesaving care at the scene of road traffic collisions and other serious incidents.’’

Cllr Clarke JP said:

“It is great to see that Mark is carrying out this difficult and testing challenge to raise money for a great cause.

"I’m sure borough residents will support’s his effort both by donating to his charitable page and cheering him along the way, if this target is achieved, it could be enough to save a life.

“We have enjoyed a tremendous year of fundraising, and I would like to thank the residents our Borough for their generosity.

"The Air Ambulance Service does not receive funding from government for its daily missions and relies entirely on donations and support from communities and businesses.’’

If you would like to support Mr Etienne on his challenge, please visit his Just Giving page, where all donations are gratefully received.