Three generations of North Norfolk family back the air ambulance
The son of a famous north Norfolk chef is keeping it in the family by helping raise money for the East Anglia Air Ambulance.
Harry Blackiston, the 16 year old son of Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston, has embarked on a fundraising campaign for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), meaning that three generations of his family are now active supporters of the charity.
Harry, a pupil at Gresham's School, is collaborating with fellow pupils Will Brady, Elsie Temple, Nathan Lomax, Alex Mackenzie and Rory Mason to raise funds.
Their first initiative was to sell Galton Blackiston's soups at the switch on of the Christmas lights in Holt on Wednesday, November 24.
They sold two varieties - apple, celery and tomato and leek and potato. Both proved very popular and the teenagers raised over �170 for the charity during the course of the evening.
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Harry Blackiston's father Galton, owner of Morston Hall, a country house hotel near Blakeney, has been heavily involved with the launch of the charity's recently launched dessert cookbook, Pie in the Sky, while his 82-year-old father Bill, has undertaken two skydives to raise funds.
Commenting on their efforts, Harry said: 'The soup proved very popular particularly because the weather was so cold. We really enjoyed the experience and were delighted to raise so much money for such a worthy cause. I'm delighted to be joining my father and grandfather in supporting the charity and will be working with my friends to carry out further fundraisers for the air ambulance over Christmas.'
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The EAAA operates a 365 day life-saving service across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. It is entirely dependent on fundraising and contributions from members of the public as it receives no direct government or National Lottery funding.
For more information about the East Anglian Air Ambulance, visit its website at www.eaaa.org.uk. Pie in the Sky is available at retail outlets across the region, including larger Co-operative stores, and can also be bought online from the charity's website. It costs �9.99.