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Society's biggest ever charitable donation

13th May 2019

Savers have helped Leek United Building Society to make its single biggest ever donation to charity.

The Society’s fundraising has quite literally soared to a record new high with a cheque for £52,682 presented to the County Air Ambulance Trust*.

The sum was made possible thanks to Leek United’s popular Air Ambulance Affinity Account – sending the total directly raised for the Trust by the Society and its account holders to more than £281,000 since the account was first launched in 2008.

Leek United Chief Executive Andrew Healy said: “The life-saving work of the air ambulances is a vital service for a huge number of people across the communities we serve, and we are delighted to continue our long-standing support of the County Air Ambulance Trust.

“The Air Ambulance Affinity Account was Leek United’s very first product of its kind, and this record donation has been made possible by the fantastic support it has received from our members over the years.”

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.

Annual running costs of keeping three helicopters airborne and providing a life-saving service in the Midlands is in excess of £8 million, and the County Air Ambulance Trust plays an indispensable role in securing the financial future of the region’s red air ambulance service. CAAT’s donations have helped to fund the re-build of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s operational air bases, two new helicopters, new medical equipment, secondary night-lit landing sites and a specialist Critical Care Car.

Arthur Worthington, Charity Administrator of the County Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT), received the record cheque from Andrew Healy and Leek United Chair Rachel Court, following the Society’s recent 2019 Annual General Meeting at Leek Cricket Club.

Mr Worthington said: “We are proud and enormously grateful to be teamed up with Leek United, whose donations have been a lifeline for us for many years now. We would ask people to open a County Air Ambulance Trust Affinity Account where they can contribute to our support of air ambulance operational services in the Midlands which help to save many people’s lives every year.”


* The County Air Ambulance Trust was originally founded in 1993 to help ensure the financial future of the first red Air Ambulance helicopter based at Cosford.

Since those early days, it has provided in excess of £8million to the Midlands Air Ambulances, in the form of funding towards operational costs and infrastructure projects.

The Charity does not receive any financial support at all from government or lottery funds, so it relies totally on the generosity of the general public, organisations and businesses to help it raise the money that goes towards saving lives. 

Whilst retaining the County Air Ambulance Trust name, the Trust has become a national charity operating in England, Wales and – more recently – in Scotland.

Modern air ambulances provide an indispensable service to the most seriously ill and injured patients and the first hour is critical and receiving adequate treatment and reaching a key hospital within ‘the Golden Hour’ dramatically improves the chances of survival and speed of recovery.

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