Award-winning garden centre and farm shop, Garsons of Titchfield, has chosen Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) as its charity of the year for 2018 - and fundraising has already taken off with collection tins appearing at the tills this week.
Over the next 12 months, the family-run business hopes to raise thousands of pounds to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.
“Every day the Air Ambulance saves lives across our county and we are proud to have chosen Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as our charity of the year.” said Garsons’ charity coordinator, Rachael Rogers. “As well as voluntary donations from our wonderful customers, some of the staff are already planning exciting events that will make a real difference.”
As well as the charity boxes at the tills, collections will also take place at Garsons’ food fair and late-night shopping events.
The Air Ambulance is called out two to three times a day to attend to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents. It can be at any location in Hampshire within 15 minutes. Highly skilled crews of doctors, paramedics and pilots can be at the scene of an incident within minutes, ready to deliver the same level of care that you would expect from a hospital emergency department.
“We are extremely grateful that Garsons has chosen to support us,” said Rachel Leaman, Head of Income Generation at HIOWAA. “It currently costs in excess of £9,000 a day to maintain our life-saving service, and it is only thanks to the generosity of businesses such as Garsons and their customers that we are able keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.”