BOB Air Ambulance – Charity of the Year 2011
A shocking fact to start: the Air Ambulance receives no Central Government or National Lottery funding. Everything they need to meet the annual running costs of £2.8m (for equipment, fuel, salaries, insurance etc.) comes from the public in the form of donations, fundraising, legacies and sponsorship.
Perhaps this was why it won our internal competition for our 2011 Charity of the Year, and over the 12 months we have taken part in a range of events:
Throughout the year people from all of our offices have volunteered at various Air Ambulance events to help the teams of volunteers raise as much as possible.
We had staff at The Thame Show, the Motorcycle Safety Day in Dorchester, the Banbury Four Shires Show, the Thame craft and gift fair, the Heli Bikes day in Dorchester, the Sainsbury’s Heyford Hill relaunch, and at bucket collections at The Oracle in Reading in September and December.
The inaugural Finders Keepers charity shoot was held on Saturday 24th September at Edgehill Shooting Ground near Banbury. We had a target to raise at least £500 for the charity and for those who hadn’t shot before it was a fun and safe way to try it out for the first time.
The more experienced shooters could take part in a challenging 25-target sporting layout. We had over 60 people attend the event, and as a result of everyone’s effort (and possibly the good weather) we raised over £800 for the Air Ambulance charity.
Bicester Christmas Lights
On Thursday 1st December our Bicester team ran a stall at the Christmas light switch-on, selling Air Ambulance merchandise. They also ran a fun “Guess how many balloons are in the car” game, with the chance to win a signed Oxford United First Team football shirt. They raised over £110.00, and the shirt was won by Alfie Howes, who happened to be a massive Oxford United fan!
The amazing Mrs Lee
One of our landlords spent a lot of 2011 running. Mrs Lee ran the Great Manchester run in May, the Otmoor Challenge Half Marathon in June, the Birmingham & Black Country Half Marathon in July, the Chester Marathon in October and the Great Ethiopia Run in November….all this from someone who claims to hate running!
We are very grateful that she chose to run these events in aid of our charity of the year and raised an incredible £3,250. She has kept us up to date with her challenges and sent us photos of the various people she met along the way. Read more on www.finders.co.uk/charity