Bosses from a Heanor funeral firm were given a tour of a life-saving helicopter when they handed over the proceeds from a Christmas memorial tree collection.
Joanne Hutsby and Anthony Topley, of the Eastwood Funeral Partnership, which operates Gillotts Funeral Service in Abbott Street met staff and fundraisers working for the Children’s Air Ambulance during a visit to East Midlands Airport to deliver a £2,200 donation.
Joanne and Anthony raised the money through a Christmas appeal, where bereaved families made a donation and hung messages of remembrance to their loved ones on Christmas trees erected at the Heanor funeral home as well as the partnership’s three other offices in Eastwood, Kimberley and Stapleford.
Joanne said: “We have run our Christmas tree appeal for many years and this was the largest sum of money we have ever raised, which is without doubt a result of the respect that people have for the Children’s Air Ambulance Service.
“It was wonderful to meet the crew and staff and find out how they play such a vital role in saving lives.”
The money will be used to fund the running costs of the charity’s Agusta 109 Grand helicopter, which is used to transfer poorly newborns across England to hospitals offering specialist paediatric care.
A spokesperson for the Children’s Air Ambulance said: “Because of the speed it delivers its tiny patients – four times quicker than if they are transferred by road – it can mean the difference between life and death.