The County Air Ambulance Trust (CAAT) has received a cheque for over £88,000 after Barbourne resident Tony Saunders, decided to leave his entire estate to the charity before he passed away this year.
Mr Saunders’ donation will be a huge boost to the charity which runs the ‘Golden Hour’ Appeal, which supports Air Ambulance operational services and infrastructure projects across the Midlands and Avon region; and the HELP Appeal, which funds lifesaving helipads so helicopters can land at hospitals throughout the country – saving time and therefore saving lives.
Mr Saunders’ executor and childhood friend Anne Jordan, presented the cheque to CAAT’s Chief Executive, Robert Bertram who said: “For nearly 25 years the County Air Ambulance Trust has made a considerable difference to critically injured patients and air ambulance crews.
“We are overwhelmed and very grateful for Mr Saunders’ donation, which will really bolster the work that we do to support the air ambulance services. I’m sorry that will we never have the chance to thank him in person, but delighted that we could meet Ms Jordan and tell her about how her friend’s donation will make such a huge impact.”
Ms Jordan, who is from Evesham, added: “Tony worked for the RAF for a long time, so his experiences, along with learning more about the fantastic work that the County Air Ambulance Trust does, helped him to decide where his estate could make the most difference.
“I knew Tony for 78 years and he was a dear friend who I miss terribly. But I am so proud that I can hand over this money knowing that it will help to save a huge number of lives in the future.’