Somerset’s Weston Bay Rotary Club has raised over £300 to support a local charity.

The club was formed last August and for its first fundraiser, they chose to support the crucial work of the Children’s Air Ambulance.

Members and supporters of the club gathered at South Sands Hotel in Kewstoke for a dazzling fundraiser event which included a sumptuous three-course meal, a raffle, and a guest speaker.

The campaign's special guest was John Volanthen, known for his daring cave rescue mission of a trapped Thai football team and their coach.

The event unfolded as a success, managing to gather a staggering £396 to aid the charity and its lifesaving missions.

The Weston Bay Rotary Club treasurer, Linda Matthews, said: "We were delighted to raise vital funds to support TCAA and make a difference to the lives of critically ill babies and children across the UK.

"This was our very first fundraiser and the first of many, and we feel privileged to be able to say that our funds will go towards saving more little lives."

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Children's Air Ambulance is a revolutionary entity in paediatric and neonatal care.

It flies seriously ill babies and children from local hospitals to specialist paediatric and neonatal treatment centres.

They closely work with 11 NHS clinical partner teams all over the UK, a few of them based at St Michael’s Hospital in Southwell Street and Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Fiona Franklin, community fundraising executive for the Children’s Air Ambulance, extended her heartfelt thanks to the Weston Bay Rotary Club, stating: "We would like to thank everyone involved with the Weston Bay Rotary Club for choosing to support our lifesaving charity and for helping to raise awareness of our service.

"We receive no government or National Lottery funding and without this vital support from the local community and businesses, our helicopters wouldn’t remain operational, and our lifesaving service wouldn’t be available for critically ill babies and children across the UK."

For those interested in supporting the Children’s Air Ambulance, or wishing to learn more, visit or call 0300 3045 999.