Huge donation will help to save lives

THE county’s air ambulance service has been given its biggest donation in years which could help save dozens of lives.

Travis Perkins’ head office has donated £58,000 to the Northamptonshire air ambulance following a year of fundraising in 2011 from the firm’s staff.

Tracy Grunwell, fundraising manager for Northamptonshire, said: “This money means that we will fly to about 40 missions and potentially save several lives.

“It’s amazing.

“In the six years I’ve been here it’s the biggest cheque I’ve personally been handed for the service.

“It’s fantastic to see Travis Perkins helping their local service and the support they have given us has blown me away.”

Each mission costs the service on average £1,400 to fly out to.

The building materials firm has a head office in Duston, in Northampton, and raised the cash with a variety of fundraisers last year, including raffles, sponsored runs, and tickets to events.

Staff were also asked whether they wanted to donate part of their wages to the service, and others have given up their time to volunteer.

The air ambulance is the head office’s chosen charity.

Sarah Maddock, who helps organise fundraising at Travis Perkins, said: “It’s brilliant to raise so much and it’s nice to know we could have saved quite a few lives.

“Quite a few our of staff have been helped by the air ambulance, and have said how wonderful the service was and that message gets relayed across the workplace.

“It’s a local service and we’re delighted to help.”