Left to right are Des Regan, Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s fundraising manager, Jonathan Thomas, from Wadworth, and David ‘Elvis’ Costello, one of the air ambulance pilots

Wadworth has handed over a cheque for more than £13,000 to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The money has been raised with the help of pub customers who have donated clothing and textiles to Salvation Army clothing banks at pubs.

Following the donations, the Salvation Army gives a proportion back to Wadworth for allowing the banks to be located in its pub car parks. The brewer then gives this back to the community in the form of charity donations.

Wadworth chief executive, Chris Welham: “We are really pleased to be able to support the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and we couldn’t have done it without the customers that visit our pubs, and also use the clothing banks.

“The air ambulance team serve the whole community and those visiting Wiltshire. They do an amazing job for the area and we wanted to recognise the massive contribution they make to the county by donating to this very important charity.”

Des Regan, fundraising manager for Wiltshire Air Ambulance: “Annually, it costs £3.75mn to operate our lifesaving service. We complete over 1,000 missions per year, which is on average three a day.

“Our paramedics are trained in critical care skills, enabling them to deliver gold standard medical care to patients. We rely on donations like this and are so grateful to Wadworth and their wonderful pub customers who have made this possible.”

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