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£220,000 raised for Clutha tragedy survivors

THE appeal fund set up after the Clutha tragedy has reached almost £220,000 and money is now being handed out to people affected by the helicopter crash.

Ten people died when a police helicopter, a Eurocopter EC 135, crashed into the Clutha pub in Glasgow on November 29.

A fund was established to help survivors, casualties and families of those who lost their lives.

The city council, the Lord Provost's Goodwill Fund, the Scottish Government and Scottish Power each donated £20,000 and £10,000 has been donated by each of Renfrewshire Council, Arnold Clark, the Hunter Foundation and Celtic Foundation.

Tens of thousands of pounds have also flooded in from individuals with donations coming from across the country and overseas.

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: "The warmth and the generosity people continue to show to those caught up in this disaster is immense."

The proceeds from two special film screenings of a new Christmas family film will be donated to the Clutha Fund. The film, Angels Sing, starring Harry Connick Jr, is on release in the United States but not yet in the UK.

Former Strathclyde Police and Bond Air Services pilot Kevin Lilburn, whose friend Scott Rankin is one of the film's executive producers, is behind the screenings.

The UK premiere of the film will be held on Monday at the Odeon Springfield Quay. There will also be a screening on Christmas Eve at the Grosvenor Cinema in the West End.

Meanwhile, the manufacturer of the EC135 said tests had been carried out on 18 helicopters in the UK after a worldwide safety notice went out over a fault with the fuel indication and alert system.

Eurocopter said 36 supply tank sensors were checked in total, with one found to be faulty. Eurocopter said: "The faulty sensor was cleaned. When retested, the sensor was fully functional."

One faulty sensor was discovered in an aircraft flying in Poland. Eurocopter said the fuel sensor had been replaced.

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