Amber thanks flying medics for saving her sister

PUBLISHED: 07:56 28 August 2013 | UPDATED: 07:56 28 August 2013

Amber Coombes, aged nine, who organised a coffee morning and sale to raise  £480 for the Devon Air Ambulance. Photo by Chris Carson

Amber Coombes, aged nine, who organised a coffee morning and sale to raise £480 for the Devon Air Ambulance. Photo by Chris Carson


Axminster schoolgirl, aged nine, organises a sale and coffee morning to raise £480 for the Devon Air Ambulance

An Axminster schoolgirl has raised £480 for the Devon Air Ambulance – a thank you for helping to save her sister’s life.

Amber Coombes, aged nine, organised a coffee morning in the Church Rooms – mustering family, friends and local businesses to help her.

The Axminster Primary School pupil designed the posters advertising the event, wrote to companies asking for raffle prizes, co-ordinated the helpers and cake-makers and wrapped all the lucky dip prizes.

Proud mum Becky said: “Amber has always enjoyed raising money and Devon Air Ambulance Trust is a charity close to her own heart since they played a role in saving her sister Phoebe when she was two years old.

“She had a lot of support from friends and family and lots of money donations from people that could not make it.”

Amber said she enjoyed organising the coffee morning as she liked to help groups who helped other people.

“Hopefully it is a bit more money for them to buy some more equipment,” she told The Herald.

Amber added her thanks to the people who helped at the coffee morning and made it a smooth running and enjoyable event.

Some five years ago Phoebe Coombes, now aged seven, developed meningitis and had to be rushed to hospital in the air ambulance. Despite being given only a 30 per cent chance of survival she thankfully pulled through, although she still faced a long battle to regain her health.

Grateful parents Gavin and Becky, who live at Prestor, Sector Lane, say they are very proud of Amber’s efforts in raising money for the flying medics who did so much to save her younger sister.

“It was all Amber’s idea – she is inspired to raise the money and really enjoys it,” added Becky.

* Family and friends who helped at the coffee morning included Sue Mackay, Ruth Lancaster, Marion Margetts, Sylvia Hooper, Enid Broom, Megan Voysey, Gayle Coombes, Phoebe Coombes, Molly Bugler, Sophie Bugler, Amber Morgan, Chloe Morgan, Kayla Froom, Becky Coombes.

Donations for the raffle came from Tesco, Otter Nurseries, Seaton Tramway, Bicton Park and Joan Davies, who manages the church rooms.

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