At the beginning of last year, Grant UK announced that its chosen charity to support in 2019 was the Wiltshire Air Ambulance. This charity, based less than ten miles from Grant UK’s headquarters in Devizes, provides a vital emergency service within Wiltshire and the surrounding area. It is equipped to deliver helicopter emergency medical service and, in 2019 completed 1,233 missions. The charity is funded solely by donations so support from local people and businesses is essential to allow Wiltshire Air Ambulance to do what it strives to do – saving lives.
Grant UK held fundraising activities both internally and externally. These included ‘food Fridays’, themed bake sales, dress up days and culminated with Grant UK’s annual staff raffle which took place before Christmas. The raffle raised nearly £700 alone thanks to ticket sales and the great selection of prizes, the majority of which had been donated by Grant UK’s suppliers.
In addition, some of Grant’s employees participated in external fundraising activities. This included some staff completing ‘Dry January’ and taking part in the White Horse Walk, an event organised by Wiltshire Air Ambulance. Staff raised over £1,100 from these two events thanks to the generosity of sponsorship from colleagues, friends and family.
“We are thrilled to present Wiltshire Air Ambulance with this donation,” comments Anna Wakefield, head of marketing at Grant UK. “2019 was our first year working with this local charity and it was great to learn more about the fantastic work they carry out on a daily basis. Charity fundraising has become a very important part of Grant UK with staff from all departments getting involved. With the Wiltshire Air Ambulance being a local charity whose assistance may be needed by any one of us, staff have really got behind supporting this great cause.
“Grant UK is pleased to confirm that it will be continuing to support the Wiltshire Air Ambulance this year as well,” continues Anna. “2020 is the 30th anniversary of the charity so it should be a busy year of fundraising to mark this milestone. Everyone at Grant UK is really looking forward to working closely with the Wiltshire Air Ambulance for another year and raising more funds to support its role in the local community.”