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Tickle Brothers donate cash

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • From the left, Phil Keates, John Cookson, and John Steele.

  • Pictured from the left, Phil Keates, John Cookson, and John Steele.

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TWO fund-raising stalwarts have handed over a further £1,000 to charity.

Phil Keates and John Steele, aka the Tickle Brothers, have presented The Midlands Air Ambulance with yet another cheque for £1,000.

The friends, who not only raise cash through gigs as the comedy duo The Tickle Brothers, also organise a series of fund-raising quizzes at a number of pubs in Leek.

John Cookson, a volunteer fund-raiser for the Air Ambulance, met up with the duo recently to gratefully accept the cheque on behalf of the life-saving organisation.

John said: "We have three helicopters to support and have to raise funds through the generosity of such people like Phil and John.

"It costs in the region of £6 million to run the Midlands Air Ambulances. It costs around £1,500 each time a helicopter makes a trip - with fuel as it costs at the moment it's around £24 a minute that a helicopter is in the air.

"Therefore we are very grateful to receive this very generous donation from Phil and John."

The Tickle Brothers have now handed over more than £6,000 since they started raising funds for the Air Ambulance in 2008. Phil said: "We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in this year's fund-raising, especially the ladies on the Leek Moorlands Country Market Stall in Leek's Trestle Market, and Clowes Coach Travel for their generous donations.

"We would also like to thank the Prince of Wales, The Dyers and The Benks for letting us hold the quiz nights."

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