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Horses and horsepower: Carrying on a fundraising legend's legacy

Vintage car enthusiasts have made a pit stop at the Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue base this morning, to deliver a much needed donation and carry on the work of a fundraising legend. 

The Warwick Veteran and Vintage Car Club and the Allora Heritage Weekend Association donated more than $10,000, to support the critical work the life-saving aeromedical service performs in the community. 

Their generosity was inspired by Mick Bradford, who has raised more than $100,000 for LifeFlight since 2001, through his popular Heavy Horse Days at Yangan. 

Mr Bradford hosted sixteen successful events, but had to cancel last year's due to health issues. 

As a recognition to his tireless efforts to support LifeFlight, the Warwick Veteran and Vintage Car Club and the Allora Heritage Weekend Association stepped in, to donate instead. 

The money was raised through past Allora Heritage Weekends.

Mr Bradford said he's pleased the organisations were able to band together, to continue supporting LifeFlight. 

Warwick Veteran and Vintage Car Club President and Allora Heritage Weekend Association Acting President Peter Stacy said donating to LifeFlight was a "no-brainer," as the Southern Downs community knows the buzz of the rescue choppers all too well. 

"Most of us know someone who has benefited from RACQ LifeFlight Rescue," he said. 

Mr Stacy said Mr Bradford's commitment to supporting the rescue helicopter service has been remarkable. 

"I struggle to recall any better example of such community spirit," he said. 

LifeFlight Fundraising Coordinator Amy Luhrs said the service is grateful for the support from the Warwick Veteran and Vintage Car Club and the Allora Heritage Weekend Association, as well as Mr Bradford's ongoing dedication.

Toowoomba was the busiest RACQ LifeFlight Rescue base in the 2018-19 Financial Year.

Crews flew 643 critical missions, valued at more than $8 million, at no cost to patients.