One of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s long-standing corporate supporters has raised more than £18,000 over the past two years in support of the charity.
Staff from Cleckheaton-based Ferno, the world leading manufacturer of medical equipment to the emergency services, have cycled, played football, baked cakes and cooked lunch to raise £18,619.52 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Staff from Ferno visited the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at Leeds-Bradford Airport to celebrate the fundraising and to meet with paramedics, who regularly appear in the BBC’s Helicopter Heroes, to learn about their role as the region’s airborne life savers.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity which needs to raise £7,200 each day to stay in the air. It operates two life-saving helicopters across the Yorkshire region, seven days per week, 365 days per year.
Nicky Massen, regional fundraising manager for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance said: “We cannot thank Ferno enough for their continued support. As an independent charity, having support from companies such as Ferno is invaluable.
“We have to fundraise each and every day of the year to keep the charity running, so donations like this really are significant, and allow us to keep both of the helicopters maintained and in the air saving lives.”
Staff at Ferno, which has also donated emergency medical equipment to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance previously, raised funds throughout the year through various initiatives. These included recycling cans, footwear and clothing, sponsored baking and lunches and dress down days each month when staff contribute £1 for the privilege of wearing casual clothes.
Ferno managing director Jon Ellis also cycled hundreds of miles in the Pedal for Pounds bike ride organised by Huddersfield Town Football Club. In 2011, Jon cycled from Brighton to Huddersfield and last year he pedaled from Yeovil back to the Terriers’ John Smith’s Stadium. This year he will cycle from Huddersfield through Hull, Scarborough, Harrogate and back to Huddersfield again as part of the “Keep It Up” campaign.
He said: “The team at the Yorkshire Air Ambulance does a fantastic job and everyone at Ferno is very proud to be associated with an organisation that saves so many lives in the Yorkshire region. Every year colleagues at Ferno look for new ways to raise funds for this very important charity.”