Sparkling Support for the Cornwall Air Ambulance

The county’s largest vineyard, Camel Valley, has given £1650 to Cornwall Air Ambulance which can fund eight and a half hours of fuel costs for the charity’s lifesaving missions.

This latest donation takes the Wadebridge wine-maker’s support to more than £15,000 over the past eight years. The funds are raised by asking visitors to upgrade their wine tour for an extra £1 per person which goes to the air ambulance service.

The Lindo family that owns the vineyard has a particular reason for supporting Cornwall Air Ambulance. Bob and Annie’s daughter Esther was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital nine years ago after a riding accident. She was unconscious and suffered a broken vertebra in her spine but made a full recovery.

Bob Lindo said, “There are two sorts of people - those who have needed the air ambulance and those who might need it in the future. The fact that Esther is still walking is thanks to Cornwall Air Ambulance. Understandably, the charity is one that’s particularly close to our hearts.”

Head of the charity’s income generation Susie Croft said: “Camel Valley’s loyal support helps us to respond to people throughout the county in their time of need. Last year our paramedic team was able to help 34 patients who had suffered a horse related accident, thanks to the generosity of people like the Lindo family and the visitors to their vineyard.”

It costs around £190 per hour in fuel to keep the air ambulance helicopter flying and the service costs £3 million each year to fund. With no national lottery funding or direct government funding for running costs, the charity relies on the generosity of the people and businesses of Cornwall to maintain the emergency service.