A couple who raised £300 for Suffolk Accident and Rescue service at their golden wedding anniversary said they were reminded of its importance just days before the event.
Paul and Yvonne Jacob, from Stowupland, celebrated their 50th anniversary at Norton Village Hall on Saturday, the same place they tied the knot half a century ago.
But the generous pair decided rather than receive gifts they would collect donations for the Suffolk charity.
Just days before the anniversary event a man was treated by SARS doctors in Norton, close to the village hall, after being cut from the wreckage of his car. He was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital with a suspected fractured pelvis.
Paul said it was a timely reminder of why they were raising the cash.
He said: “They save no end of lives, their dedication is second to none. They are all volunteers and doing it off their own back.
“It is a small charity and needs as much support as it can get.
“It was ironic as we had the party on Saturday but on Tuesday there was a severe accident in Norton which SARS attended.
“It was a reminder of how important the service is.”
Ben Hall, SARS fundraising manager, said: “We feel really honoured as a charity that Paul and Yvonne encouraged their friends and family to make donations to SARS rather than receive gifts.
“It was a really generous act and the money raised will help us continue to train and equip our volunteer doctors and paramedics who respond to serious medical incidents around the Suffolk area.”