A garden party held over sunny skies raised money for the Air Ambulance Trust yesterday.

Norman and Ann Shuker, gave up their listed-building home, Shopwick Place, in Elstree, to hold the celebrations.

The party was planned by Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Pat Strack, who chose the trust as her chosen charity for the year.

More than £1,000 was raised at the event, which Cllr Strack says is an “amazing achievement.” Previous fundraising efforts had already raised around £3,000.

She added: “It was a truly fantastic day, and the weather was perfect for it. It was so overwhelming to see how supportive everyone was.

“Everyone seemed to have fun too, which made it all the more worthwhile.”

Around 100 people turned up to the party, which featured a British-style tea party with cucumber sandwiches, cupcakes and Pimms.

A volunteer also baked a cake in the shape of an air ambulance, which Cllr Strack says “went down a treat”.

Mr and Mrs Shuker will also give up their home next Sunday, July 22 and hold a garden party in aid of child abuse charity, NSPCC. Anyone is welcome to turn up to Shopwick Place, High Street, Elstree, from 2pm until 5pm.