The Brodstock festival last Saturday saw over 6,000 people enjoying almost 10 hours of music, their spirits and enthusiasm not dampened one iota by prolonged spells of rain during the afternoon. The festival, run entirely by volunteers and where the bands play for free, raises funds for charity and we have been one of the lucky beneficiaries for the last two years. In its five years of existence, it has raised over £100,000 and we have benefited to the tune of more than £25,000.
But this year, it also saw us being supported by our youngest ever volunteer. Julie Phillips joined us as an event volunteer and brought along her grandson, 11 year old Oliver, both seen here next to Jenny in the photo of the day’s team. In 2013, we rescued Oliver from an horrific car crash and flew him to LGI and Julie truly believes that we saved Oliver’s life. To date, she has raised around £3,000 for us having undertaken the Patagonia Trek last year.
She and Oliver started the day handing out programmes and spent much of the rest of the day helping out on the stall and blowing up balloons. But when the heli came in, it was Oliver who was carrying the collecting bucket and we managed to snap him posing with paramedic Sam and pilot Steve.
Reflecting on the day, Julie said “what a great day it was and the atmosphere was amazing. I really enjoyed myself”. And Oliver was just awestruck, had lots of fun and can’t wait to hopefully be involved in future events. He was ecstatic to be a part of it and meeting the Yorkshire Air Ambulance staff.