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Spell behind bars helps sick children

Somerset villager Steve Taylor spent two days locked up in a village gaol – to help save children’s lives.

He voluntarily surrendered to custody in Nether Stowey and managed to collect £1,263 for the Children’s Air Ambulance from sponsorship for his spell behind bars.

There were no creature comforts for Steve during the time he was locked up and conditions in the gaol were damp and cold as the weather was particularly bad when he was “doing his time”.

Nether Stowey has a village lock-up once used for the temporary detention of people who were held before going before the local magistrate.

In recent months our helicopter transferred a young child from the Taunton area when a road transfer would have taken much longer. We’ve made a number of transfers from the South West to hospitals in other parts of the UK.

Head of Fundraising for the Children’s Air Ambulance Jonathan Penny, who is pictured receiving a cheque from Steve, said he was amazed at the “weird and wonderful things” people do to support the charity.

“Without the generosity of supporters like Steve we wouldn’t be able to save the lives of babies and children.”

You can help us out by volunteering during Air Ambulance Week by clicking here – and you can join in one of our exciting fundraising challenges by clicking here. To find out more call 08454 130999.


We are the only helicopter emergency transfer service in the country dedicated to children.

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