Devon Air Ambulance Trust receives £500 Christmas donation

December 18th, 2017 | By Vicky Rogers

The Salcombe Coast & Country Cottages team looking festive, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas

Some of the Coast & Country Cottages team looking festive!

Four times British Travel Award winning Coast & Country Cottages have donated £500 to Devon Air Ambulance Trust instead of sending out hundreds of Christmas cards to property owners and business contacts this year.

In recent years the locally based lettings agency, who last month won Best Small UK Holiday Cottage Booking Company for the fourth consecutive time at the prestigious British Travel Awards, have made donations to various charities including CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids) and to Tommy’s, who provide vital research into premature birth. This year the Coast & Country Cottages Directors, Karen and Andrew Jones, have chosen to support the local charity, Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Karen says, “We are delighted that Devon Air Ambulance Trust is our chosen charity this year, and we have great pleasure in making this donation on behalf of Coast & Country Cottages. Devon Air Ambulance is an invaluable organisation and is so important in this rural community, where the nearest major hospitals are an hour or more away. Devon Air Ambulance provide a valuable service for the whole community, offering urgent medical assistance within minutes to both residents and those visiting Devon on holiday alike. We are so pleased to be able to help them in their fundraising.”

Penny Clark, Fundraising Communications Officer at Devon Air Ambulance Trust says, “We’re incredibly proud to be independent of Government and National Lottery funding and it costs £5.5million every year to keep our helicopters flying. It is with thanks to the generosity of people like you that this year we celebrated 25 years of service and in November of this year we also celebrated 1 year of our night flying service, which has enabled us to fly right up until midnight, meaning we can help even more people. So every penny you’ve donated will make a difference and will help to save lives.”

Andrew Jones adds, “This year has been exceptionally busy for the team at Coast & Country Cottages, and looking ahead to 2018 we are very pleased to report that confirmed bookings for next summer are up by more than 20% on the same point last year. We would like to take this opportunity to wish a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year to everyone, in particular to all the local businesses we work with throughout the year.”

To make a donation to Devon Air Ambulance Trust please visit www.daat.org