Air ambulance fundraiser a soaring success thanks to Ellie and her family

Total support: Ellie Peacock turned a painful experience into a fundraising miracle.

By Betsy Everett

As they handed a cheque for nearly £4,000 to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance this weekend, the Peacock family of Bainbridge vowed to continue fundraising for the vital rural service.

“We are absolutely over the moon with the amount of money we made,” said Angela who, with other family members, organised the hugely successful Big Breakfast at the Cornmill Tearoom on the village green.

“But we’re not going to stop here. We’re going to keep going throughout the year. It’s a fantastic service which relies entirely on donations, and we’ve had the most amazing support from the community,” she added, as with husband James and children Ellie and James, she handed over the cheque for £3856.45 to Linda Stead, community fundraiser for  the air ambulance service.
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Smiles of success: Angela, left, with Linda Stead and Christine Barker of the YAA, James, James junior and Ellie.

All the food for the breakfast – bacon, sausages, eggs, bread, butter, jam and marmalade – was donated by local producers and shopkeepers, or came from the tearoom’s own supplies, as were all the raffle prizes.

Angela’s mother-in-law Yvonne Peacock also helped on the day with the frying and toasting, buttering, grilling and tea-making for the four-hour marathon breakfast at the family-run tearoom.

“The generosity of people in this place and the way they rally round to support these events never fails to amaze me. It’s really incredible to raise so much money in such a short time. It just shows how people value this great service,” she said.

The idea to help the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which costs around £12,000 a day to operate, came when Ellie, nine, fell and broke a bone in her leg in the school playground and had to be airlifted to hospital.

Ellie and brother James not only helped on the day but also held a sale of their own toys and books before the event.

Donations for the ongoing fundraising can still be made. Email Angela and James at for details.