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£1k donation boost to save lives in valley

Benefactors Judy and Tony Kell present their cheque to Kate Holt, President of Rothbury WI and Margaret Bodley Edwards owner of Deugar Red Art Studio.

Benefactors Judy and Tony Kell present their cheque to Kate Holt, President of Rothbury WI and Margaret Bodley Edwards owner of Deugar Red Art Studio.

A surprise donation has helped to provide one of 10 defibrillators in the Coquet Valley.

Vintage Rothbury is being held in the village on Sunday, June 29, with the aim of raising £10,000 for the Stephen Carey Fund, which will in turn put defibrillators across the Coquet Valley and make it ‘heart-safe’.

And last week, a Rothbury couple boosted funds by donating £1,000 to the cause.

Judy and Tony Kell have had a long association with Rothbury and have lived in the village for eight years.

Along with Margaret Bodley Edwards, of Deugar Red Art Studio, Judy is organising a sale of local artists’ work for the event and has already donated much of her own artwork for the sale.

As a result of this, Judy and Tony became aware of the objectives of Vintage Rothbury and the Stephen Carey Fund and decided to make the donation.

Tony said: “I have been very impressed by the initiative taken by the women of Rothbury. Judy and I consider their choice of the Stephen Carey Fund to be a very worthwhile cause, in addition to the benefit of creating another summer event for the village.

“We hope the weather is kind and wish the Rothbury WI team every success.”

Kate Holt, president of Rothbury WI added: “We are staggered by Judy’s and Tony’s generosity. Until now we have been impressed by the open-handedness of local companies in their various donations, but this is the first substantial donation we have received from private individuals and it brings our ambition to raise enough money to buy and install 10 defibrillators in the valley a giant step closer.”

Vintage Rothbury will take place from 11am to 4pm throughout the village with stalls, entertainment, antiques and more.

 

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