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Manea Gala is raising money for Magpas this year and the committee got to visit the charity's HQ. ANL-140424-142337001
Manea Gala is raising money for Magpas this year and the committee got to visit the charity's HQ. ANL-140424-142337001

Manea Gala celebrates its 59th anniversary this summer and aims to raise cash for a host of good causes with the emergency charity Magpas the main beneficiary.

There was a question-mark over the popular event’s future earlier this year when an urgent SOS was made for new committee members and helpers for the day.

An emergency meeting held in January resulted in a number of volunteers coming forward, ensuring the gala could go ahead this July,

The event, being held at Manea playing field on July 12, promises to offer something for people of all ages.

Village organisations can run stalls in aid of their own funds, with other stall holders being asked to pay for the privilege of attending. There will also be an array of main ring attractions, a dog show children’s races and even open-top bus trips.

Money raised on the day goes towards the cost of running the event, which includes the popular carnival parade, as well as charity.

Magpas, the charity-funded organisation which offers urgent medical care to people with traumatic injuries, or life-threatening illnesses, is this year’s chosen main charity and on Wednesday members of the gala committee were treated to a tour of the Magpas headquarters.

Emma Sanders led the tour at RAF Wyton explaining the history of the charity and how important it is in saving the lives of people across the county including Fenland.

Unfortunately the helicopter and the medical team were out dealing with an emergency at the time of the visit, which meant the Manea group were unable to see the aircraft. But the charity’s two rapid response vehicles were on the base.

Emma emphasised Magpas is wholly charity funded and relies on organisations and individuals like Manea Gala to keep running. It costs £600 per call out and a total of £2.7 million a year to run the charity.