Ironathon at Rutland Laundry raises £656 for air ambulance

Mandy Black with daughters, Abbie, nine, and Lydia, eight.
Mandy Black with daughters, Abbie, nine, and Lydia, eight.
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THE owners of a launderette held a 24-hour ironathon to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.

Mandy and Terry Black, of Rutland Laundry in Melton Road, Oakham, invited customers to bring their laundry down to the shop on Saturday to help them support the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

A team of 14 started ironing at 1pm and spent the next 24 hours getting the creases out of clothes. The event raised £656.50 for the air ambulance.

Mandy said: “My brother and my husband’s uncle were both airlifted by the ambulance. We feel indebted to them for the work they do.

“We are both volunteers and work alongside the crew and the other staff. We like to help them as much as we can.

“The event was absolutely brilliant considering the weather. It was a party atmosphere, light-hearted fun.”

Food was supplied by Oakham’s Red India restaurant and postal worker Wendy Walker gave the team a boost with a gift of sloe gin.