Barbara Barnes presents Huddersfield charities with £2,500 in memory of husband Norman Barnes

Barbara Barnes, the widow of Holmfirth resident Norman Barnes who died of a sudden cardiac arrest whilst out for a walk less than a few miles from home has raised £2,500 for two local charities in memory of her husband.

The £2,500 was split between Kirkwood Hospice and Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the money was raised through the sale of raffle tickets. Barbara had organised an in-memory event with a raffle to benefit both charities, but due to COVID-19, the event was cancelled. Attendees decided that despite the event not going ahead, Barbara could still donate the money to charity.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance was dispatched to Norman’s incident, but sadly they were unable to save him.

Barbara said: “I have had huge support from my wonderful family, great friends and caring neighbours who are all happy for me to donate £1,250 to each charity. It was a pleasure to support two very deserving charities, thank you for all your very caring hard work.”

Angela Vyas, West Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “We would like to pass our sincere condolences to Barbara, her family and friends and thank them all for their generosity.

It costs £12,000 a day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances maintained and in the air and the £1,250 raised will help greatly towards the vital funding of our service.”