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£8k raised for John Thornton foundation, thanks to special fundraising day
Andy Martin, Daily Echo Bournemouth deputy editor, presents an Air Festival book to squadron leader Jim Turner and the Red Arrows at The Norfolk
A FUNDRAISING day during Bournemouth Air Festival raised almost £8,000 for charity.
The annual John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation event in the VIP marquee on the beach took place on the Sunday of the festival.
As well as people paying to be wined and dined in aid of the foundation, there was also a silent auction to boost funds.
Among the lots were two copies of the Daily Echo’s celebratory book – Bournemouth Air Festival: A Photographic Celebration of the First Five Years.
One copy, signed by the Red Arrows, sold for £100, while a copy signed by the Red Arrows and a host of other pilots taking part in the show raised £70.
Cash from the books will go to both the John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation and the Jon Egging Trust, set up in memory of the Red Arrows pilot who died when his jet came down near Throop following the team’s display at the 2011 festival.
Royal Marine Lt John Thornton, from Ferndown, was killed in Afghanistan in 2008 aged 22.
His mum Linda said: “We had 12 items and we raised £1,500 overall.
“Overall we have raised about £7,500 from the whole day and that’s brilliant. The final total could be getting on for £8,000 and we’re happy with that.”
The Echo’s 178-page hardback book features shots by our award-winning photographers.
It covers the festival from 2008 to 2012 and includes pictures of all the aircraft in the annual event.
The book, which retails at £15.95, is on sale now at shops around the area.
You can also buy it via bournemouthecho.co.uk/books, by calling the subscriptions department on 01305 830924, or by completing the form appearing regularly in the paper and send a cheque for £21.80 (including £5.85 postage).
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