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Midlands Air Ambulance flies high on South Staffordshire Housing Association donation

South Staffordshire Housing Association (SSHA) was pleased to present a cheque of £4,000 to the Midlands Air Ambulance this month, as a result of its fundraising efforts.

Led by customer services officer Di Wallace, employees at the company held fundraising events, including, a dance with live band Soul Phoenix, a golf day, a book sale and a cake sale, throughout 2009. Together, the team raised £2,000, which was doubled by SSHA, a member of the Housing Plus Group.

Each year, Housing Plus awards one deserving member of staff the title of Employee of the Year and this person is asked to nominate the company’s charity and arrange fundraising events throughout the following year. After her win in 2008, Di nominated The Midlands Air Ambulance because of the fantastic service it provided to a colleague’s son.

Di explains: “I chose the Midlands Air Ambulance because a colleague’s son had called on them earlier in the year. The service that it offers to people within the area is fantastic and without charitable support it would not be able to operate. We are really pleased to present them with the cheque and had great fun raising the money.”

Stef Langford-Brown, fundraising manager from the Midlands Air Ambulance, adds: “We need to fundraise £5.6 million each year to support the work of the helicopter service. The Midlands Air Ambulance receives no Government or National Lottery funding, which is why fundraising for the charity is so important and why we thank SSHA for its fantastic support.”

The charity operates three Air Ambulances, covering an area of 6,000 square miles across six Midland counties; Staffordshire, West Midlands, Shropshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, and Worcestershire. Midlands Air Ambulance carries out approximately 3,500 missions each year and has completed in excess of 30,000 life saving missions since it was established in 1991.

Becky Raven-Smith, 2009’s Employee of the Year winner, has nominated the Young Carers Project from Carers Association Southern Staffordshire (CASS) as her charity. Becky chose it for the great work it does looking after the region’s young carers and she is busy planning fundraising events for this year with the help of her enthusiastic colleagues at SSHA.

Di Wallace presents cheque to Air Ambulance