A clothing and Bric-A-Brac collection on Scilly could raise around £10,000 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
The Initiative which was spearheaded by Jo Legg saw residents in Scilly bag and box up old clothes, books, kitchenware and other goodies to be sold in the Cornwall Air Ambulance shops in Cornwall. Approximately 20% of funds raised for the charity come from shop sales.
It costs £3m per year to run the service, and with no National Lottery or direct government funding, the charity relies on the generosity of the people and businesses of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly
Approximately 500 bags of clothes and linen along with 50 boxes of other bits and bobs were collected and then shipped for free by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group to Penzance where they were collected by members of the Cornwall Air Ambulance.
The items will be sorted and then distributed to 1 of the 6 Cornwall Air Ambulance shops in Cornwall and sold with the proceeds directly going straight back into the charity which celebrated its 30th anniversary last year.
In 2017 the Cornwall Air Ambulance carried out a total 869 missions last year with the Isles of Scilly the area with the highest number of missions at 41.
It sounds like this could be the first of several other fundraising activities later on in the year for the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Jo and her daughter Summer recently popped into the Radio Scilly Studio to tell us more...