THE County Air Ambulance has come top in a vote by the members of Heart of England Society resulting in a windfall of £ 5,000 for the charity.
The Air Ambulance service, which operates three helicopters flies ten hours a day seven days a week. It is totally reliant on donations and serves as a lifeline to the local community. Approximately 185 life saving missions are flown every month each offering the highest levels of emergency medical care available in the region.
The 2005 Members' Calendar, which was issued towards the end of 2004, was mailed to the homes of more than 32,000 registered Co-operative members who were invited to vote for six charities including the Myton Hospice, NSPCC, RSPCA, Shelter, St. John Ambulance as well as the County Air Ambulance.
Using funds from its unique Helping Hearts Award scheme the Society pledged that the charity who received the most votes would receive £ 5,000 with the five remaining charities receiving £ 1,000 each.
Ali Kurji, Heart of England Chief Executive, commented: "We received hundreds of votes for the six charities in total with the County Air Ambulance receiving 58 per cent of the vote which is an excellent response.
"Charity initiatives such as this further reinforce our commitment to both the community and our members. Indeed this is the largest ever single project through the scheme which has seen more than £ 330,000 earmarked for local charities and good causes since it began in May 2000."