Dorset brewery raises £268,000 to keep air ambulances flying

Dorset brewery raises £268,000 to keep air ambulances flying

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:23am 13th March 2020.

Family owned Dorset brewery, Hall and Woodhouse have raised £268,000 to help 8 air ambulance charities across the south.

Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance will benefit from £33,000 from total raised over the last two years.

Each air ambulance mission is estimated to cost around £3,000, and the emergency service relies on donations to keep flying.

The money's been raised through a variety of quiz nights, sponsored events and family fun days at 53 of Hall and Woodhouse pubs.

The Dorset Beer Festival held each June has raised £23,000 alone. 

air ambulance crew

Speaking on behalf of the charities, Tracy Bartram, spokesperson for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance said:

"It is extremely rare for eight air ambulance charities to have an opportunity to be the beneficiaries of one 'Charity of the Year' initiative, which makes the H&W Charity Partnership extremely unique. 

"The whole experience has been really special in so many ways; being able to collaborate not only with our air ambulance colleagues but with the Brewery and individual houses in each of our areas has been fantastic.

"The Hall & Woodhouse teams embraced our charities whole-heartedly and we have been overwhelmed by their generosity and grateful to the guests who have supported the partnership's success. 

"With the approximate cost of an air ambulance mission being £3,000, this means that in two years the partnership has potentially funded 90 life-saving missions. On behalf of the patients that needs us all, thank you - we are truly grateful."

james in air ambulance

Lucinda Gray, Company Charity Champion of H&W, said:

"We are absolutely thrilled to have raised such a tremendous amount for eight local air ambulance charities.

"We set ourselves the ambitious target of raising £250,000 over the two years, but with dedication, kindness and teamwork I am incredibly proud and humbled that our team have smashed this.

"Our houses and the team at the Brewery in Blandford have worked tremendously hard to stay on track of this target and we are grateful for their support."