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Law firm raises £30,000 for Air Ambulance

Written by Peter Davison.

Staff at Wiltshire law firm Goughs have raised £14,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance in two years – bringing their rolling total of fundraising for the charity to £30,000.

A cheque was recently presented to the charity by employees Emma Taylor and Daisy Froggatt from the proceeds of fundraising events including Goughs Golf Day, participation in the Corsham 10k, running charity curry events, office tuck shops, dress down days and donating fees for document signing.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance provides a vital helicopter emergency medical service throughout the county, saving the lives of people living, working and travelling in Wiltshire. It currently costs £3.75 million per year to keep the air ambulance operational and the charity relies on donations.

A significant proportion of the money raised by Goughs has gone towards the creation of the charities new air base in Semington, allowing their helicopter, aircrew and charity team all to be on the same site at the same time.

Kevin Basnett, managing partner at Goughs Solicitors, said: “We are very pleased to have raised this money for such a worthwhile cause. Wiltshire Air Ambulance undertakes essential lifesaving work, day and night, for the benefit of everyone in Wiltshire - we are extremely lucky to have such a valuable service in our county”.

Valerie Whistler, partnerships coordinator for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said: “We are very grateful to Goughs Solicitors, who are long-standing and very dedicated supporters of our charity.

“Goughs were one of the original members of our 100 Club for local businesses, they helped us significantly during the Airbase Appeal and, to date, have raised in excess of £30,000 to support their local air ambulance.

“Wiltshire Air Ambulance receives no direct Government funding or National Lottery grants, so relies on generous donations from its supporters and local businesses like Goughs to continue its lifesaving service.”