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Persimmon helps air ambulance take to the skies

30 July 2021

Persimmon helps air ambulance take to the skies

An air ambulance charity has been handed a cash boost from Persimmon as it looks to plug a £250,000 Covid income deficit.

The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity has bagged a £1,000 gift from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley as part of our Community Champions campaign.

Each month Persimmon supports 64 good causes across Great Britain with grants of up to £1,000.

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) provides the air ambulance for the residents of Bristol, North Somerset, Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and parts of Wiltshire.

GWAAC's team of specialist doctors and paramedics attend the most critically ill and injured patients in the South West, saving lives in the local community.

Ian Cantoni​, Community Coordinator at the charity, said: “We’re thrilled to receive this funding from Persimmon Homes.

“Each time our helicopter takes to the skies on a lifesaving mission it costs £2,000.

“The last year has been incredibly challenging for our operations and fundraising. GWAAC has continued to provide a full air ambulance and critical care service every day, and the demand on our service is increasing day by day.

“The financial impact of the pandemic is starting to hit. Without the ability to fundraise in our usual ways over the last year, we are facing a £250,000 income deficit – at a time when our community needs us the most.

“Donations like these are priceless.”

Carly Spear, sales director at Persimmon Homes Severn Valley, said: “We are delighted to be able to support The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity

“They do absolutely incredible work in the local community and save many lives. They have to raise huge sums of money to do what they do, so we’re pleased to be able to play a small part in that.”

Persimmon Homes is currently building stunning new homes right across the area, including in Bristol, Wells, Bridgwater, Weston-super-Mare, Berkeley and Chilton Polden.

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