Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Youth forum keeps Air Ambulance flying

Staff and shoppers at Sainsbury’s stores across Sussex have raised more than £7,000 for the county’s Air Ambulance in just one weekend.

Members of the supermarket’s Sussex Regional Youth Forum held a number of fundraising events including collections and dressing-up days on February 16th and 17th.

They were inspired to raise funds for their Charity of the Year after being given a tour of the helicopter base by the pilot, doctor and paramedic.

One employee even cycled the equivalent distance of Sainsbury’s Lewes Road store in Brighton to the Trust’s headquarters at Marden in Kent.

Human Resources Manager Teresa Noakes said: “We’re delighted to be involved in such a worthwhile cause and hopefully the amount raised will make a difference to Sussex Air Ambulance and anyone unfortunate enough to need their service.

“We would like to thank our colleagues and customers for their generosity and enthusiasm during the fundraising weekend.”

A grand total of £7,702 was raised from stores in Brighton, Hove, Worthing, Littlehampton, Chichester, Pulborough, Crawley, Haywards Heath, East Grinstead, Newhaven, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hampden Park and Bexhill.

Each call-out costs the Air Ambulance about £2,500 so the sum raised by the youth forum will help fund three potentially life-saving missions.

Air Ambulance Head of Corporate Relations Cheryl Johnson said: “Sainsbury’s has really taken fundraising for their local Air Ambulance on board and the amount raised by their Youth Forum is a fantastic achievement.

“The enthusiasm, creativity and commitment of these young people is to be applauded and we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone involved.”

* If your business would like to work in partnership with Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance please call Cheryl on 01622 833833 or email cherylj@kssairambulance.org.uk.


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