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Local businesses supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Three more local businesses have proudly chosen Wiltshire Air Ambulance as their 2019 Charity of the Year.

Rygor, Ridge Coffee Club and Grant UK will all be supporting their local air ambulance in the 12 months ahead, helping the charity to save lives throughout Wiltshire and the surrounding areas.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance requires £3.75 million per year to continue saving lives, operating up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The charity has to source its own income, as it isn’t funded directly by the Government and receives no National Lottery grants.

Business support from across Wiltshire plays a key role in keeping our air ambulance flying and saving lives.

Supporting a valued local cause like ours can also bring benefits to a business, in terms of PR, team building, staff morale and expanding your customer base.

Find out more about the latest companies who have chosen to support our work in the New Year.


Rygor Commercials is the largest dedicated dealer group for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles in the UK.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance is one of three charities the company has chosen to support in 2019 and it is especially close to the hearts of the team members at its head office in Westbury, Wiltshire, along with its site in Swindon, as both locations are covered by the service the charity provides.

Tim Stacey, Rygor managing director, said: “As a team we are greatly looking forward to supporting three fantastic causes throughout 2019.

“Our Charities of the Year initiative gives Rygor the opportunity to give back to local charities and the communities which many of us call home. I know that these three worthwhile causes are very special to the team and no doubt we will all come together over the next 12 months to fundraise for them.”

It will be Rygor’s second year supporting Wiltshire Air Ambulance and they raised £5,000 in 2018, recently stopping by the airbase to hand over their fundraising total.

Pictured is Rygor director Graham Drake with critical care paramedic Louise Cox and partnerships coordinator Valerie Whistler.

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Ridge Coffee Club

The brainchild of Lyn Bayliss, along with co-founder Sue MacDonald, the Ridge Coffee Club meet monthly at The Jovial Monk pub on St Andrew’s Ridge, Swindon.

They have previously raised funds for a community defibrillator thanks to the help of generous benefactors and various fundraising activities.

The Coffee Club has now decided to adopt us a chosen charity for 2019 – and beyond!

Sue McDonald said: “As we wanted to keep it local, and nearly all of us know of someone who has needed Wiltshire Air Ambulance, we decided to support the charity. We hold monthly quizzes at The Jovial Monk and various fairs, cake sales and table top sales. We also collect crisp packets.”

Find out about future meetings and fundraising events on their Facebook page

Grant UK

Grant UK, based in nearby Devizes, has been designing and manufacturing reliable heating products for nearly four decades.

They provide everything from oil-fired condensing boilers to the latest renewable products.

The company's staff choose their Charity of the Year through a ballot, and for 2019 they have selected Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Paul Wakefield, managing director at Grant UK, said: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a local charity whose essential work and service may be needed by any one of us in our hour of need. As our employees are central to the fundraising activities that we organise here, it was important for them to be part of the selection process for Grant UK’s 2019 charity.

“Our 2019 charity schedule is already underway and some of our staff members undertook ‘Dry January’ with their sponsorship raised being donated to Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The charity relies on public donations so we hope that our fundraising will help keep their vital air ambulance flying for many more years to come.”

For more information about Grant UK, visit their website

If your business, company or association is keen to make Wiltshire Air Ambulance a Charity of the Year, please get in touch. Email or call 01225 300536.

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