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Jungle Jennie's 260,000 for ambulance
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Jennie Bond's donation is the largest the charity has ever received
A Devon charity is to receive more than 260,000 thanks to the jungle exploits of former BBC Royal correspondent Jennie Bond.

The Devon Air Ambulance Trust will get 260,989.85 after Bond spent two weeks in the Australian jungle in the reality TV show "I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here", in which she was voted runner-up.

It was originally thought that her nominated charity would get about 100,000 as a result of her adventures, which included her eating a stick insect, a witchety grub and a fish eye in one challenge.

The charity is using the money to buy a state-of-the-art navigation system and to extend its helicopter flying time throughout the summer.

'Minimal suffering'

Jennie Bond paid a flying visit to the Devon Air Ambulance on Wednesday and heard about how the money would be used.

She said: "I have not done anything, people who voted have done something for ourselves and for this county.

"It is hugely gratifying and makes any tiny bit of suffering, which was minimal anyway, worthwhile."

Trust general manager Lyn Paver said: "We were both speechless and delighted when we were advised of the amount Jennie had raised for us.

"We had no idea it would be quite that much.

"This donation is the largest we have received from one source, so we feel that it should be used for a project which we may have dreamed of, but never achieved, even with the fantastic support of the people of Devon."

The charity, which raises the funds to keep an emergency helicopter flying for Devon, has been in negotiations with the Westcountry Ambulance Service NHS Trust, which handles the day-to-day operation of the helicopter, on how the money could be best used.

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