Camel Valley Fuels Air Ambulance

Award-winning Camel Valley Vineyard is celebrating after its visitors raised over £11,000 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance – enough to fuel the aircraft for a month.

The Cornish wine producers, who are celebrating their 25th anniversary this year, offer visitors the opportunity to upgrade their vineyard tour to include a glass of Camel Valley’s famous sparkling wine.

The entire £1 upgrade fee is donated to the charity. Over the past year alone these donations have totalled more than £1,700.

Bob Lindo, who started Camel Valley with wife Annie in 1989, said: “There are two sorts of people in Cornwall: those who have needed the air ambulance, and those who might need it in the future.

“We see this reflected in the reaction from our visitors when we tell them the upgrade fee is in aid of the air ambulance. Many people pay the £1 fee and put an additional donation in the air ambulance collection jar.”

Bob and his son Sam, who has now taken over as Winemaker at the vineyard and has won UK Winemaker of the Year several times, recently visited the Cornwall Air Ambulance base to see the impact their donation will have.

Bob, himself a former RAF pilot, said: “Our visit made us very proud that Camel Valley has now raised in excess of £11,000 for this charity over the years. As a Cornish business we are proud to be able to give something back to the county, its people and those who come here on holiday.”

The Lindo family were inspired to start fundraising for Cornwall Air Ambulance after their 15 year old daughter Esther was airlifted in 1996 following a horseriding accident in Pencarrow. She is now a primary school teacher in Plymouth.

Susie Smith, fundraising manager for Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, said: “We are thrilled that Camel Valley are continuing their fantastic support for this charity, having already raised enough to fuel the helicopter for a month’s worth of missions – a truly amazing achievement.

“What is even more remarkable is that this has been raised by thousands of people all making a small donation. This proves that what matters is everyone doing their little bit to keep Cornwall’s air ambulance flying. Together we can ensure the helicopter and its dedicated crew are there for the next person who needs it.

“Without this sort of support from local businesses such as the Lindo family at Camel Valley we wouldn’t be able to attend as many lifesaving missions as we do.”

Every year Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust needs to raise around £2.5 million to fly around 800 missions across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.