The lengths that some people go to help raise the much needed funds for their local Air Ambulance, are quite incredible and Stanley Clark, who passed away in October 2015, was no exception. Stan had been an enthusiastic supporter of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance over many years and in addition to the various fundraising endeavours, he generously remembered the Charity in his Will, donating a significant legacy to support the lifesaving work of the Ambucopter.
On Monday 3rd July, a gathering was held at St Peters Green, Grantham to celebrate Stan’s charitable achievements and to recognize the fantastic work that he did.
The gathering was organised by Stan’s neighbour of 42 years, Malcolm Sharp and the invitees included many of Stan’s friends, neighbours and three of the charities that he supported over the years; at the top of the list was the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. Event organiser Malcolm said “Stan was the kind of man who didn’t owe anything to anyone but was always there for anyone who needed anything, I wanted to do something special to remember him, as he made such a difference to the community and to the charities that he supported, both during and after his lifetime”.
Karen Jobling, Chief Executive of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance attended the event and commented: “We remember Stan fondly at the Charity. His involvement with the Charity all started after he heard about an air ambulance mission in Grantham; Stan then took the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to his heart and supported the Charity in many ways throughout his life. Perhaps one of the most memorable events Stan undertook was when he and fellow engineer, Ian Barker, decided to refurbish a three-wheeled vehicle and turn it into a miniature replica of Charity’s helicopter! Ian said ‘Stan took charge of the idea and once the car-copter was built, Stan went around getting sponsors ready for our journey of a life-time’.
“Incredibly this journey ended up being a trip from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, some 870 miles. Stan, with a support team of 7 friends including Ian, undertook this challenge back in 2000 and no doubt turned a few heads on the way. The car-copter (pictured) had a top speed of 25mph and could only be driven in day light so the adventure took them a little over 6 days. Gathering donations and through sponsorship they raised over £5,000 for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.”
As well as supporting the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance during his lifetime, kind hearted Stan also remembered the Charity in his Will, leaving a wonderful legacy to help the Charity continue their life-saving work. Karen said “What a resourceful and kind gentleman Stan was. Always thinking of others and doing so much to support his local air ambulance. We remain very grateful for Stan’s support over many years and it’s wonderful to have such happy memories of such great fundraising endeavours which the Charity will cherish.”