Vineyard sparkle for Air Ambulance

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Visitors to award-winning vineyard Camel Valley have helped fund 15 flying hours for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust paramedic Mick McLachlan accepts a cheque for more than £2k from Bob Lindo of Camel Valley

By asking visitors to upgrade their wine tour to enjoy a glass of Camel Valley’s sparkling wine, the vineyard raises £1 per person, all of which goes towards funding the air ambulance.

The latest donation of £2k brings Camel Valley’s fundraising total over the years to around £9k.

It costs around £600 per hour in fuel costs to keep the air ambulance helicopter flying, which is funded completely by charitable donations from the people of Cornwall and visitors to the county.

Camel Valley owner Bob Lindo said: “We fundraise for a number of charities at Camel Valley, but Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust is one that’s particularly close to our hearts.”

Susie Smith from Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust said: “We are delighted that Camel Valley have supported us for so many years and are overwhelmed with how much they have managed to raise through their wine tours – it just goes to show that the pennies really do add up.”