Tuesday, 8 April 2014

James Villas check in with Air Ambulance donation

Photos: Staff at James Villas Holidays pictured at the Air Ambulance base at Marden earlier this month

Staff at James Villas Holidays checked into Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s helicopter base with a £5,000 donation for the life-saving charity.

They raised the funds from a number of events including fancy dress themed days and by swapping their sunny brochures for a mudbath as they completed a gruelling Army obstacle course.

A group of employees recently visited the Air Ambulance headquarters at Marden to present their cheque to the pilot, doctor and paramedic.

The firm, based in Aylesford and Bluewater, has again chosen the Air Ambulance as their Charity of the Year in 2014 and are now planning a fundraising football match.

Customer Relations Executive Shelley Kingsnorth said: “Everyone at James Villas believes in the work the Air Ambulance does and following the visit to the base, we are delighted to support them again.

“It really opened my eyes as it did for the others and we have been touched by the charity. We all seem to know someone whose life has been affected by the Air Ambulance.”

Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance launched its night flying service last year in a move expected to benefit a further 400-500 patients a year. This means the charity now has to raise an extra £1million a year, up from £5million to £6million.

Air Ambulance Corporate & Events Assistant Julie Clare said: “As a charity, we rely almost entirely on public donations so we are enormously grateful to James Villas Holidays for their support.

“We have attended more than 500 call-outs so far this year and each flying mission costs about £2,500 so this fantastic donation will help potentially save two lives.”

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