Christmas Cheer Raising Over £18,000 for the Air Ambulance

We’d like to thank all of our customers and staff for donating so generously over our 2018 festive period. In the run up to Christmas we introduced a number of fundraising initiatives.

As always, £2 from the sale of every real Christmas tree was donated. Last year we sold over 5,500 Premium Spruce and Nordman Fir trees, a new record for Charlies. Meanwhile, the Coed-y-Dinas singing reindeer proved to be a hit with customers in the Welshpool store, raising over £6,500. We also held a very successful staff Christmas raffle. In total, an enormous £18,203.33 was raised, with £15,253.33 going to Wales Air Ambulance and £2950 to Midlands Air Ambulance.

Becky Lloyd said: “It has become an annual tradition to donate £2 from the sale of each real Christmas tree to the Air Ambulance and this year we were very pleased to see more customers than ever choosing to buy from us. In an attempt to raise further valuable funds, we managed to track down three of the finest singing reindeer who entertained our Coed-y-Dinas customers throughout the festive period. We’re proud to be able to donate such a large sum of money to what is a very worthy cause and we would like to take the opportunity to thank our customers and staff for donating so generously.”

Andrew Hall said: “We are very grateful to all at Charlies Stores for the ongoing support that they give to Wales Air Ambulance, and to the generosity of the public who donated such an incredible amount. Each lifesaving mission costs £1500, and this donation will potentially save a number of lives. It is incredible and we look forward to working with Charlies Stores throughout the year in other fundraising initiatives.”

Pictured: Charlies Stores Managing Director Becky Lloyd presenting a cheque to WAA Fundraising Manager Andrew Hall at the Charity’s Welshpool base. 9th January 2019.