Posted: Tue 1st Mar 2022

Queensferry customers helped Charlies Stores raise over £21,000 last year for Wales Air Ambulance

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This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 1st, 2022

Customers using Charlies in Queensferry have helped the independent, family-run chain of Home, Garden and Outdoor stores raise a massive £131,252 for Wales Air Ambulance. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

As has become an annual festive tradition for Charlies, £2 was donated from the sale of every real Christmas tree raising over £12,000. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

It helped the dedicated staff and generous customers of Charlies reach an amazing total of £24,615 for the Air Ambulance charity in 2021, ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Four of the stores found themselves to be in particularly fine voice over the Christmas period, welcoming some special singing visitors to take up residency. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The Coed-y-Dinas store was joined by three reindeer, while Queenferry welcomed some yeti, Shrewsbury some penguins and the talking reindeer in Carmarthen delighted customers with his well wishes. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

To add to the pot the Coed-y-Dinas store welcomed some real reindeer and held donkey rides for children. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

The money will be split between with £18,540 going to Wales Air Ambulance and £6,075 to Midlands Air Ambulance. ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Charlies Stores Managing Director, Rebecca Lloyd, said: “In these difficult times we’ve been blown away by the generosity of our customers and staff. More than ever it felt important for us to play a part in creating meaningful festive experiences for our customers. ” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Nothing makes us happier than seeing photos of our customers enjoying what we’ve created in our stores and the fact that this also helped us to raise such a large sum of money for the Air Ambulance makes it even more rewarding.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“We’re so grateful for the continued support and we’d like to thank everyone who visited us and donated the much needed funds.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

Mark Stevens, Fundraising Manager at Welsh Air Ambulance, said: “We are so grateful to Charlies Stores for their support, the staff have gone above and beyond in their efforts to make a difference. ” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Taking the opportunity to support our charity really shows the family and community values that Charlies live by.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Wales Air Ambulance does not receive government funding and is solely funded by the people of Wales.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Each mission costs around £2,500 so this incredible amount raised will go a long way to saving lives in the community. ” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

“Charlies Stores are leading the way in the industry as charity supporters, I hope other businesses learn from their example and see the wide reaching benefits that come when supporting a cause they and their customers believe in.” ‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌​

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