Raithwaite flying high for charity

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A LOCAL hotel has picked the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as its charity of the year.

Raithwaite Hall Country Retreat between Sandsend and Whitby announced it will be supporting the team as its Charity of the Year for 2012. Raithwaite Hall has planned a number of activities throughout the year, including a charity golf day which will kick off the hotel’s fundraising on 14 June in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance which covers a population area of 5 million. Richard Mansell, General Manager at Raithwaite said: “Each end every day the Yorkshire Air Ambulance saves lives throughout Yorkshire and every member of staff at the hotel is proud to throw their support behind their lifesaving work.” It costs £7200 per day to keep both of the charities helicopters in the air, which works out at £2.65 million per year.

Bob Smailes, North East Yorkshire Fundraising Manager for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “It’s fantastic that Raithwaite Hall has picked the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as their charity of the year and we look forward to working with them on fund-raising activities over the forthcoming year. “As an independent charity we receive no direct government funding and need to raise £7,200 each and every day so that we can continue to deliver our life saving service to the people of Yorkshire.

“The money raised by Raithwaite Hall on our behalf will help us to ensure we can deliver this service.”