Keepmoat staff raise thousands to keep air ambulance flying
Published by Kelly Elliott for Keepmoat in Housing and also in Communities
Representatives from Keepmoat hand over a donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Yorkshire’s life saving air ambulance service has been given a fundraising boost thanks to the generous efforts of staff at local housing and regeneration specialist Keepmoat.
The region’s air ambulance is an independent charity and gets no government cash to carry out their emergency work, relying solely on donations.
In a bid to support the fundraising effort, Keepmoat ran a monthly lottery - the 100 Club - through which staff contributed £5 a month directly from their salary, with one member winning a monthly £150 prize draw and the remaining money donated to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
In the company’s latest donation, staff from Keepmoat handed over a cheque for £3,278.50 to air ambulance staff.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance operates two helicopters, one from Leeds Bradford International Airport and a second from RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, serving a population of approximately five million people across the whole of the region.
The swift medical interventions provided by the air ambulance crews have a major impact on a patient's chance of survival and subsequent quality of life, with patients on average only 10 minutes from the nearest hospital when travelling in an air ambulance.
Keepmoat, which has a head office in Doncaster as well as regional offices in Wath-upon-Dearne and Leeds, has been supporting the charity since 2006, with staff from the company’s North West region also taking part in the lottery, donating their funds to the North West Air Ambulance service.
Neil Robertson, Business Development Manager at Keepmoat, said: “The air ambulance services carry out essential work which saves the lives of many people every year by providing patients in a critical condition with a fast route to hospital. Their work really does make the difference between life and death for some people, and we were delighted to be able to provide this contribution.”
Mark Perry of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance said: ”I would like to thank Keepmoat for their fantastic donation, without the generous efforts of the people of Yorkshire and companies such as Keepmoat we would not be able to provide the first class emergency service that we do.”