Midlands Air Ambulance have received an uplifting boost to its funds, after staff from Shropshire Housing Group including South Shropshire Housing Association, Meres and Mosses Housing Association and Total Response Ltd presented the charity with a cheque for £2824 at The Bell Inn in Crosshouses.
Every 12 months, colleagues from the group nominate their Charity of the Year and raise funds for that charity through fun social events. This year they have smashed previous years figures which amount to over £12,000 over the decade since Shropshire Housing Group was formed in 2007.
With a worthy cause in mind, they have organised all manner of activities including raffles, dress down days and their annual charity quiz. The latter was supported by a number of local businesses, notably The Bell Inn Cross Houses, The Brooklands, Meole Brace, The Albion Vaults, Shrewsbury, Sutton Farm Butchers, The Midlands Co-Op in Wem, The Horseshoes, Dorrington, the Three Fishes, Bayston Hill, R Ridge Coal & Solid Fuel Merchants and Lily's Garden Café Shrewsbury. In addition they have sold honey from their resident bees who are tenants at the Gateway in Craven Arms and there was even a charity auction hosted by Jeremy Lamond from Hall’s Fine Arts, who has appeared on BBC’s Bargain Hunt!
Maria Jones, Fundraising Manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity said: “We are so grateful for the funds raised by Shropshire Housing Group, which will help to fund a lifesaving air ambulance mission.”
Jake Berriman from Shropshire Housing Group said: “In the rural area we work in Midlands Air Ambulance is a vital resource, if a patient reaches hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury) their chances of survival are dramatically increased. That is why the rapid response of the Midlands Air Ambulance is so vital in an emergency situation. We admire what they do immensely and are very happy to have raised over £2800 whilst having fun in the process!”