Beer Turned Into Helicopter Fuel

Sharp’s Brewery has raised enough money to fund an entire month’s worth of fuel for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The £12,837 Sharp’s raised was almost £3,000 above the target donation, and will contribute towards the overall flying costs for the charity.

The Cornish brewer donated 5p from the sale of each pint of Sharp’s Own, Sharp’s Special and Cornish Coaster sold across the county up until the 31st December 2013. With a target of £10,000 for the promotion, Sharp’s went well above this figure with a final donation of £12,837.

Over the past 18 months the brewery has raised a further £3,587 through other support, including donating beer for the Summer Ball and Runway Runaround events, bringing the total raised to over £16,000.

Emma Bebbington, General Manager at Sharp’s Brewery: “We are passionate about engaging with the local charities that really make a difference to our community. Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, awarded Best Charity in the Cornwall Today Awards last year, provides a vital service to the local region and we were delighted to be able to make such a significant contribution. We would like to thank our customers again for really jumping on board and supporting the initiative.”

Susie Smith, Fundraising Manager at Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust: “We are thrilled with the final result of the Sharp’s promotion.  At the end of this year we will launch new helicopters that are capable of flying in the dark. While this will allow us to fly a greater number of missions and ultimately save more lives, it will also mean higher costs, so this support from Sharp’s could not have come at a better time.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust’s red and yellow helicopter is one of the busiest in the UK, conducting rescue missions for seriously ill and injured patients in the area that need urgent medical care, including those in remote rural areas. In 2013 Cornwall Air Ambulance flew 675 missions, including attending 74 Road Traffic Collisions, 43 sporting injuries, and over 200 patients suffering cardiac emergencies.