Making strides to raise more than £3,000 in memory of Sam

Walkers get ready to set off in memory of Sam Stanbridge from the lake at Grange Farm in Kibworth Beauchamp.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER
Walkers get ready to set off in memory of Sam Stanbridge from the lake at Grange Farm in Kibworth Beauchamp.'PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

A charity walk organised to remember a 12-year-old boy is on course to raise well over £3,000 for the air ambulance.

Sam Stanbridge died in a tragic tractor accident on the family’s Grange Farm in Kibworth Beauchamp in March 2007.

A charity walk was held at the farm – between Market Harborough and Kibworth off the A6 – on Sunday as Sam would have been celebrating his 21st birthday last Thursday, July 2.

Sam’s sister Charlotte Stanbridge (22), who helped to organise the event, said: “The count is currently well over £3,000.

“We are all completely overwhelmed by how generous and supportive everyone has been, with people reaching out from all sides of the community.

“The afternoon involved a hog roast, lots of drinks and socialising; often reminiscing about Sam and the cheeky chap he was!

“It was a lovely way to celebrate his birthday with those that knew and loved him.”

About 120 people attended, with a few groups, including Charlotte, tackling an 11-mile route. Most chose to complete the five-mile distance.

The last few sponsorship monies are now being collected and the organisers are hopeful to have a grand total confirmed by the end of this week.

The money will be going to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance charity. An air ambulance helicopter was scrambled to the scene of Sam’s accident eight years ago and his family have been strong supporters of the charity ever since.

The charity is reliant on donations as it receives no Government funding.