Couple raise £100 with help from their feathered friends

Jane and Brian Heal's hens have helped them raise �100 for the North West Air Ambulance
Jane and Brian Heal's hens have helped them raise �100 for the North West Air Ambulance

A FARM owner has raised more than £100 for the North West Air Ambulance, with a little help from her feathered friends.

Jane Heal, of Todmorden, has raised the cash in just a few months by selling eggs laid by her hens.

Jane and her husband Brian, who is a vet, sell the eggs once a week during a veterinary clinic that takes place on Wednesday evenings at Pets Corner, Rawtenstall.

The hens - called The Three Degrees, Ginger and Mrs Toes - can lay up to three dozen eggs each week.

Jane said: “People’s generosity has been amazing.

“We sell the eggs for £1 for half a dozen, meaning we should raise around £5 for 2.5 dozen eggs. Yet last week we made nearer £18.

“People give us much more than the £1 selling price because it’s such a great cause.

“We started selling the eggs to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance in December and in just three months have raised £102.52.

“We had to empty the collection tin as it got too heavy to carry around.”

Jane started collecting for the North West Air Ambulance a couple of years ago when she decided to forego her 50th birthday presents and requested that friends and family made a donation instead.

Two years later one of her friends needed the service following a horse accident.

Lynda Brislin, chief executive of the North West Air Ambulance, said: “I am always amazed at people’s inventiveness when it comes to raising funds for the service.

“It’s wonderful that visitors to the clinic get something as wonderful as homegrown produce in return for a donation.

“We are very grateful to Jane and Brian for supporting us and the work that we do.”

North West Air Ambulance relies on public donations to raise the £4.2m a year required to keep its two air ambulances flying and saving lives.