A time for giving

3rd January 2018  |  12:00am

A time for giving

A time for giving

Marchand Petit decided to forego their individual Secret Santa presents last year and each nominated a charity of their choice, to receive the combined monetary gifts instead. 

Devon Air Ambulance Trust was the charity pulled out of the hat, and the Directors kindly matched the sum donated. 

Peter Gardner, Managing Director was delighted to present David Hartley of DAAT with a cheque for £510.00.  He commented “Devon Air Ambulance own two custom built EC135 aircraft.  Based in Exeter and Burrington, the helicopters are crewed by one pilot and two paramedics.  They are there for anyone who needs essential medical treatment quickly, whether that’s due to injury or medical emergency.”

David added “Our helicopters can by-pass the nearest hospital, taking the patient to the best treatment centre for their needs.  We are proud to be independent of Government funding, we need to raise £5.5 million every year to keep the service airborne.”

The idea to donate their accumulative Secret Santa present money collectively, originated in Marchand Petit Lettings Department.  Their colleague, Jane Summers was particularly delighted that DAAT was picked as the Air Ambulance landed in Marlborough to assist her father in June 2016, she said “Devon is a large county with many remote areas but the helicopters can reach 90% of Devon within 10 minutes and the remainder within 15 minutes.”

Since November 2016 Devon Air Ambulance have been able to fly into the hours of darkness, up until midnight, enabling this fantastic charity to help even more people in need. 

For further information please contact Marchand Petit’s Kingsbridge office on 01548 855593. Alternatively visit the website www.daat.org