IN life Pete Hoggins did much to help other people and this did not stop after he died last November. Donations at his funeral service resulted in a cheque for £1,635.71 being presented to Devon Air Ambulance Trust.
This was last Saturday afternoon at North Tawton RFC before their Devon One League match at home against Torrington.
Gill Hoggins, Pete’s wife and a life member, former secretary and president of the club, presented the cheque to DAAT volunteer, David Weeks, who was standing in for Toby Russell, DAAT Community Helipads Development Officer.
Pete had been with the rugby club for more than 40 years as player, Captain, chairman and president.
His family also gave a match ball in Peter’s memory, received by First Team Captain, Simon Quick, from nine years old Lilymae Hoggins, Peter and Gill’s grand daughter. Lilymae plays tag rugby at school.
David Weeks said that Devon Air Ambulance Trust was set up 25 years ago and, to date, the red helicopters have flown more than 23,900 missions. The annual cost is in the region of £5.5 million for the two aircraft, based at Exeter and Eaglescott.
North Tawton RFC was one of the very first in Devon to provide a night flying site. A number of villages around this area either have had the necessary lighting installed, usually thanks to community fundraising, or are working towards this.
As well as Crediton, they include Newton St Cyres, Lapford, Morchard Bishop, Bow and Chulmleigh.
To find out more, either look at the website: www.daat.org or telephone Toby Russell on 01392 466 666.