Chalkwell pledges support for air ambulance

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Operator announces a number of fundraising events, from quiz nights to bungee jumping

Sittingbourne-based coach and bus operator Chalkwell has announced its Charity of the Year partnership with Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.

Employing members of staff who are on the road every day either getting to work or driving professionally, Chalkwell said it is conscious that the Air Ambulance is always ready to help in an emergency. Chalkwell has pledged to raise as much money as they can for the organisation which relies on public support.

Karen Lockyer, Chalkwell’s Coach Hire and Tour Sales Manager, said a number of large and small fundraising events were planned for the year and she hoped that Chalkwell’s customers would also participate in addition to its staff.

One of the bigger events will be a quiz night at the Dancing Dog Saloon, Bobbing, in April. Other sponsored activities would include bungee jumping and a walk over the O2 as well as a summer barbecue.

She said a ‘red day’ was in the planning stages when employees could make a donation to wear items of red clothing and she was open to ideas from staff and customers for other fundraising support.

“We have sent out letters to companies appealing for raffle prizes and have been really touched by their generosity, if any enthusiastic member of the public would like to make a donation or come along to one of our events they can give me a call,” said Karen.

“Because Air Ambulance is so reliant on public support, our business, which couldn’t operate without using the roads, is pleased to have the opportunity of forming this partnership which will have a key role in what we do this year.”

Air Ambulance Corporate and Events Assistant Julie Clare said: “This is a new Charity of the Year partnership for us and we’re really looking forward to working with the team at Chalkwell.

“They have already shown great enthusiasm which is reflected in the exciting fundraising events they have planned.”


To make a donation towards the Chalkwell raffle, contact Karen on 01795 423982