NATIONWIDE Accident Repair Services is celebrating raising more than £42,000 for UK air ambulances during its year-long charity partnership.
The teams raised a total of £42,363.15, all of which will go directly towards helping air ambulances continue their life-saving work.
Air ambulances don’t receive any government or lottery funding so rely on charitable donations, and last March Nationwide branches across the group voted to support the charity to help it continue to provide its services that have personally affected some of the teams.
Andrew Scriven, corporate liaison officer for the Association of Air Ambulances, said: ‘On behalf of the air ambulance charities of the UK, we would like to thank everyone at Nationwide Accident Repair Services for their incredible support.
‘The donation received will go directly to impacting on the lives of those most significantly unwell. Each day, the air ambulances will be involved in approximately 70 missions, saving lives and improving the outcome for patients.’
From exercise classes to cake sales and even a tattoo, the Nationwide fundraisers rallied around the cause, and with the added motivation of raising money for a local cause, many teams continued to improve on their total despite having already hit their target.
Nationwide chief executive Michael Wilmshurst, pictured, said: ‘It’s hard not to be very proud of a team that works so relentlessly hard and still finds time to think about others and raise money for such a great cause.’
Staff had the opportunity to visit local air ambulance bases to meet the teams they were supporting and gain a better understanding of the work they do.
Bekki James, also pictured, corporate fundraising manager from Thames Valley Air Ambulance, said: ‘On behalf of Thames Valley Air Ambulance and our colleagues across the UK, I want to say a huge thank you to Nationwide Accident Repair Services for their support.
‘Their generosity has helped us all to deliver advanced care to people in a medical emergency night and day, 365 days a year.
‘Our pilots, paramedics and doctors work together at the front line of saving lives. Every day, anyone in our communities could be in urgent need of our services. When the worst happens, our teams give patients the best chance.’
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