CHARITIES who benefitted when Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason opened the gardens of his house in Corsham have been overwhelmed by its success.

The Bobby Van Trust and Wiltshire Air Ambulance were delighted that the open day raised more than £40,000.

Jennie Shaw, director of the Bobby Van Trust, said: “It was a marvellous weekend and we were amazed at how many people came.

"We usually have around 700 on each day but we had 2,000 on Saturday and 2,300 on Sunday. We’d like to thank the wonderful people of Middlewick Lane and others living nearby for their patience.

"They helped us to raise more than £40,000 and we couldn’t have done it without them. It was a true example of a local community supporting two vital local charities.

"Their tolerance will enable us to visit and safeguard another 142 homes and I am sure the monies raised will keep the air ambulance in the air.

“I’d also like to thank Nick and Annette Mason for opening their home so generously, the neighbouring landowners who allowed us to use their land as an exit and all of the volunteers who gave up their time to support us.”