Tuesday, 23 July 2013

A day of stars and stripes for Air Ambulance

Photo: Staff at James Villas Holidays in American-themed fancy dress

Staff at an Aylesford holiday firm celebrated Independence Day earlier this month (July 4th) by donning American fancy dress to raise £155 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

The charity team at James Villas Holidays dressed up as Superman, The Incredible Hulk, Wonder Woman, a Power Ranger, and Batman and Robin.

They were joined by Catwoman, Miss America, The Green Lantern, Abraham Lincoln and a cardboard cut-out of President Barack Obama.

Staff also held a bake sale, doughnut-eating competition and a quiz in which each department had to name all 50 states of America in five minutes or less.

Customer Relations Executive Shelley Kingsnorth said: “This was a great day that got everyone involved and helped raise awareness of the Kent & Sussex Air Ambulance.”

Earlier this year, James Villas Holidays raised £2,047 for their Charity of the Year by completing an Army obstacle course including deep stench trenches, balance beams, blockade walls, wobbly bridges and a freezing ice crawl.

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance currently flies during daylight hours only but is planning to provide a 24-hour service later this year.

It currently costs £5million a year to keep both helicopters flying but this figure will rise to £6million with the launch of night flying.

Head of Corporate Relations Cheryl Johnson said: “We are delighted that James Villas Holidays has made us their Charity of the Year.

“The team are doing a great job with their fundraising and helping to raise awareness of the charity’s life-saving work among colleagues and clients. We are extremely grateful for their generous support.”

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