Fundraising appeal for air ambulance and older people hits the heights

Word Worker press release

A Cricklade lettings agency, which launched an appeal to help two Wiltshire charities, has smashed its fundraising target.

mlettings hoped to raise £800 to split between Wiltshire Air Ambulance and Cricklade Open Door, which supports older people living in the community. But the response was so great, in the end the business netted £1,200.

The money was raised thanks to donations from mlettings’ landlords, and a raffle, with local businesses and organisations donating prizes.

Martin West, owner and managing director of mlettings, said he was thrilled that the fundraising appeal, which ran for just a few weeks, had been such a success.

“They say reach for the skies to reach your potential. At mlettings, as part of this year’s annual charity fundraising event, we aimed to raise £800 for two local charities.

“We were amazed at the generosity and support of our landlords, of local businesses and the people of Cricklade. Thanks to them, and a lot of hard work from my fantastic team here, we managed to beat our target. The money will be split between Wiltshire Air Ambulance, which does so much to save lives, and Cricklade Open Door, which supports older citizens, many of whom feel isolated, especially over Christmas.”

Valerie Whistler, of Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said she was hugely grateful to mlettings and everyone who supported the appeal. “All of us here at Wiltshire Air Ambulance cannot thank them enough for their hard work and generosity. The support of champions like these is absolutely vital to us, in fact without them, we simply wouldn’t be able to fly! We rely almost entirely on donations, so the help of local community businesses for our community charity is essential.”

Jan Aylward, of Cricklade Open Door, said the donation was “marvellous” and thanked the staff for their efforts.

Among the prizes donated for the raffle were haircuts, theatre trips, days out, meals, spa treatments and golf.