Hants & IW Air Ambulance is 2017 Charity of the Year

14-12-2016 – Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance has been chosen as Red Funnel's 2017 charity of the year following a public vote. The charity succeeds Ability Dogs 4 Young People, which was Red Funnel's charity of the year in 2016.

Members of Red Funnel’s employee business exchange had the difficult job of shortlisting 3 charities from over 25 applications which then went forward to the public vote.

The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Daisy Chains Isle of Wight and The Rainbow Trust were all shortlisted. With over 2,300 votes cast, the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance was the winner with The Rainbow Trust just 66 votes behind.

Red Funnel will work with the winning charity in 2017 to raise much-needed funds to go towards its vital services in the South. The ferry company’s support will raise tens of thousands of pounds through donations and a range of fundraising activities.

The charity exists to bring immediate, lifesaving critical care to patients when they need it most. The Air Ambulance flies 365 days a year, both day and night, 19 hours a day, providing an efficient, prompt response to road traffic collisions, sporting accidents, collapses and many other incidents throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Shirley Anderson, HR director at Red Funnel, said: “We received a record number of worthy applications to be our Charity of the Year and shortlisting just 3 proved a difficult task for our Business Exchange. The public vote proved to be extremely close and we are delighted to announce the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance won the contest. We very much look forward to supporting this tremendously important lifesaving service over the next 12 months.”

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