Cambridge Consultants, following the £20,000 fundraising effort of the firm’s staff, has decided to match the effort to provide a total of £40,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) operates across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. The service has been providing Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), following a successful charity fundraising appeal, since 2001 – initially for one day per week. Today, on the back of continued community support, the service operates 365 days per year, and covers 13,000 km2 and a population of approximately 2.9 million. The service, based at Cambridge and Norwich airports and entirely funded through public donations and fundraising activities, is estimated to cost £10.2 million for 2015-2016.
To support the service the EAAA provides the East Anglian community, Cambridge Consultants recently held a number of fundraising gatherings, including a monthly fancy-dress cake trolley, sales of bacon rolls, regular raffles and participation in the Cambridge Half Marathon. The company then matched the money raised by staff through the events. The consultancies’ staff raised £20,000 (+40% on the previous year) for the EAAA, which was named the firm’s ‘2015 charity of the year', which was then doubled to a total of £40,000 by the group itself.
Barbara McGee, fundraising manager at the EAAA, says that the service is “delighted with this generous donation from everyone at Cambridge Consultants.” McGee adds: “The money will help us keep flying and saving lives across East Anglia. We rely solely on the support and generosity of local people and corporate sponsors like Cambridge Consultants to help us raise the cash needed to operate our two helicopters. So this amazing amount of money will really make a difference.”
“When we were selecting our ‘charity of the year’ for 2015, the EAAA was a popular choice as it provides a vital lifeline for the local community,” says Louise James, head of the charity committee at Cambridge Consultants. “We are proud that our staff have once again proved generous with their time and money to enable us to beat our previous fundraising record.”