Wales Air Ambulance given major boost as Persimmon Homes announces charity of the year
17 January 2014
Wales Air Ambulance is flying high after being selected by a leading Persimmon Homes as the company’s nominated charity of the year for 2014.
Persimmon Homes East Wales has today announced plans to raise £5,000 for the charity which operates three helicopters across Wales providing emergency air cover for those who face life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
Persimmon Homes which employees 127 staff across its East Wales developments will raise vital funds for Wales Air Ambulance through a busy programme of fundraising activities during the year.
Persimmon Homes staff were unanimous when choosing them as their charity of the year, and have pledged to raise funds through activities at their housing developments across East Wales.
Earlier this month Persimmon Homes revealed plans to build seven new developments in East Wales over the next year which will provide over 500 brand new homes for local people.
The new sites located in Newport, Chepstow, Hawthorn near Pontypridd, St Fagans in Cardiff, Lydney in Gloucestershire and two in Church Village in Rhondda Cynon Taff, will provide a much-needed boost to the Welsh housing economy.
“We’re delighted to announce Wales Air Ambulance as our charity of the year and we are planning to raise a considerable amount of money for this very worthy cause in the coming months,” commented Sharon Robinson, sales director at Persimmon Homes East Wales.
“Amongst a variety of fundraising activities we’re hoping to send out a team of volunteers in Cardiff and Newport city centres to help collect donations and our new developments will also provide many more locations for fundraising activities with Wales Air Ambulance,” continued Sharon.
“We’ve got a very exciting and extremely busy year ahead here at Persimmon Homes East Wales – but however busy we get we’ll always make time to raise money for the charity that provide a vital service for the people of Wales.”
Wales Air Ambulance is the national air ambulance charity for Wales – it has aircrews on standby for everyone in any part of Wales every single day.
Mark Stevens, fundraising manager at Wales Air Ambulance, said: “We’re extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes for choosing us to be their charity of the year – it sounds like they have a great programme of events planned and we’re very much looking forward to seeing their fundraising efforts.
“As a charity we rely entirely on donations from the public and businesses like Persimmon to fund the service – this year we need £6 million to operate the three helicopters.”