Fans of the very British Afternoon Tea have raised more than £8,678 so far for their local Air Ambulance.

Over 30 people took part in the Herts Air Ambulance Royal Afternoon Tea initiative, sponsored by Raine & Co Estate Agents, to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday and served up homemade cakes to friends, family and neighbours.

Alison Warner held a street party event at Follet Drive in Abbots Langley, with more than 70 residents attending to enjoy tea, cakes, games and activities for the children. Helped by her friend, Brenda, the party raised a grand total of £300.

Alison first organised a street party with friends back in 1981, when their children were just seven and nine years old.

"This year, our children came with their own children!" said Alison. "It was lovely to see neighbours getting to know each other and the children playing, learning some dance routines and generally enjoying being allowed to play in the road knowing it was safe to do so.

"Our local PCSO Marijke and PC Dani came along too and brought their police car with some dressing-up clothes for the children, which they loved."

Susan Greenhill of Hertford held a cake sale and raffle in memory of her son, Christopher, who died in a road accident in Whempsted Road, Hertford, on August 22, 2012.

Susan's event at Barclays Bank, where she works, saw colleagues and customers dig deep to support her efforts, and local businesses donated raffle prizes.

Susan, whose event raised a staggering £2,160 after Barclays matched their fundraising pound for pound, said: "This event gives me a focus after the devastating loss of my son and I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity of customers, friends and family, supporting the cake sale for Herts Air Ambulance in memory of Christopher.

"I would also like to thank my colleagues, several of whom gave up their own time to come in and help. Our charity day wouldn't be what it was without Tony, a volunteer from Herts Air Ambulance, who supported us once again."

The fundraising total is still climbing as more supporters hold events throughout the summer.

Cristina Barone, Herts Fundraising Manager, said: "We are delighted everyone had so much fun hosting and attending Royal Afternoon Teas across the county. It has raised much needed funds to help keep our helicopters flying and we want to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken part and supported us. Their support is invaluable."

For more information about the Herts Air Ambulance Royal Afternoon Tea initiative visit HertsAirAmbulance.uk.com or call 0345 504 0055.


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