Wales’ leading bottled water brand has announced its charity partner of the year.
Brecon Carreg has partnered with Wales Air Ambulance, a charity that provides emergency air assistance to those facing life-threatening illnesses or injuries across Wales.
Since its launch in 2001, the helicopter crews have carried out over 20,000 missions, attending on average 2,000 incidents per year.
Wales Air Ambulance rely entirely on donations from the public to fund their three helicopters in the North (Caernarfon), Mid (Welshpool) and South (Swansea) of Wales, costing over £6 million each year.
Their helicopters can be in the air within three minutes of receiving an emergency call, and can be anywhere in Wales within twenty minutes.
Brecon Carreg has previously supported Wales Air Ambulance through sponsored navigation challenge WAAT4 in the Brecon Beacons Nation Park, which raised £10,000 for the charity last year.
They will be supporting the charity throughout 2015 by supplying 20,000 bottles of water to their charity shops and for fundraising events, including the Cardiff Half Marathon and Royal Welsh Show.
Commenting on the partnership, Ian Beattie, Marketing Manager at Brecon Carreg, said:
“We’ve worked with Wales Air Ambulance previously, through the navigation event in the Beacons and are constantly impressed by the work they do.
“Announcing them as our charity partner of the year demonstrates our commitment to the safety of the Welsh public while enhancing our love of Wales. As a rural business operating in the Brecon Beacons National Park, we recognise the importance of the Air Ambulance and the difference it makes within the rural community.
“Throughout 2015, we hope to generate a great amount of money, and encourage people in Wales to donate to Wales Air Ambulance. You don’t know when you’ll need them.”
Mark Stevens, Fundraising Manager at Wales Air Ambulance, said:
“Companies like Brecon Carreg pledging to raise money for us for a whole year is invaluable and we’re incredibly grateful.
“Each mission we attend costs on average £1,500. It may seem a lot, but it’s worth it as a patient’s chance of recovery and survival is increased if treatment is received within the first hour.
“Fundraising is thirsty work, and we’re very grateful to have Brecon Carreg’s support!”