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Society's biggest ever charitable donation

10th May 2017

Savers have helped Leek United Building Society's charity fundraising to literally soar to a record new high.

The Society has made its single biggest ever donation to the helicopter-based heroes of the County Air Ambulance Trust* with a cheque for £46,629.25, which was handed over to the Trust during Leek United's 2017 Annual General Meeting at Leek Cricket Club on Wednesday 26th April.

The sum was made possible thanks to the Society's popular Air Ambulance Affinity Account - sending the total directly raised for the Trust by Leek United and its account holders to more than £188,000 since the account was first launched in 2008.

Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the County Air Ambulance Trust, said: "I would like to thank all members of Leek United for this most amazing amount of money - we are extremely grateful for the support everyone gives us."

The Air Ambulance Trust Affinity Account enables savers to contribute to the Trust's support of air ambulance operational services in the Midlands whilst earning interest on their own savings.

Leek United's latest donation will go towards the County Air Ambulance Trust's ongoing 'Golden Hour' Appeal, which funds vital air ambulance operational services and infrastructure projects across the Central and Avon regions.

The annual running costs of keeping three helicopters airborne and providing a life-saving service in the Midlands is in excess of £7 million, and the Appeal's title is a reference to the fact that an emergency airlift every second counts.

Mr Bertram received the Society's cheque from Kevin Wilson, Leek United's Chief Executive, who said: "A huge number of people across the communities we serve stand to benefit - and have benefited - from the life-saving work of the air ambulances.  We are delighted to continue our long-standing support of the County Air Ambulance Trust, along with the help of our Affinity Account savers."

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