11 March 22

Howard Tenens Swindon Team Raise £2000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

Howard Tenens Logistics visited Wiltshire Air Ambulance on Wednesday 9th March to present a cheque for £2,000 for the purchase of night vision goggles for the Air Ambulance team.

Tenens’ Swindon site made the decision in 2019 to choose Wiltshire Air Ambulance as one of their chosen charities to support. Although the restrictions caused by the pandemic made fundraising efforts more difficult than anticipated, the team swiftly got to work with fundraising activities undertaken on-site when guidance allowed. This included ‘Joker Poker’, dress down Friday and Christmas Jumper Day activities. The team in Swindon were delighted to be able to present their fundraising efforts to the ambulance service in person.

During the visit, the team were provided with an insight into how the support service operates, have a guided tour of the facility and the air ambulance itself. The team also had the opportunity to go into the simulation room to observe a practical training simulation taking place, which demonstrates how the Wiltshire Air Ambulance team would respond to a cardiac arrest within a family’s garden. The simulator supports training in real-life conditions and can be adapted to any situation that the Air Ambulance team could face.

Operations Manager at Swindon, Andy Drury commented:

“The Wiltshire Air Ambulance had been chosen in 2019 as our charity of choice with many activities scheduled to support fundraising.

To finally be able to re-visit the Air Ambulance team at their base and hand over a cheque for £2,000 is a fantastic testament to the efforts and kindness of both our employees and the Howard Tenens family.

The cheque handover took place on 9th March 2022, attended by Amanda Harris, Clancy Soares, Becky Chester-Watts and Andy Drury from the Swindon operations team. We were delighted to be informed during the visit, that our donation has bought Night Vision goggles, which are an essential tool for the Air medical team during night operations. The air ambulance team were very accommodating during the visit and an absolute credit to their profession.”

WAA senior fundraising manager Des Regan added:

“We need to raise £4 million each year to continue flying and saving lives, which equates to around £11,000 a day.

We receive no regular direct Government funding or National Lottery grants, so rely on generous donations from the public and local businesses, such as Howard Tenens Logistics.

With this latest donation, Howard Tenens Logistics has helped us towards the purchases of four brand new Night Vision Goggles, which will ensure we can continue to save lives up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year. We can’t thank them enough for continuing their fantastic support of our charity.”