Centre works to keep air ambulance up in the sky

Carol Chapman, HIOWAA volunteer, hands collection boxes to Lauren Bennett, Garsons assistant manager
Carol Chapman, HIOWAA volunteer, hands collection boxes to Lauren Bennett, Garsons assistant manager
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AWARD-winning garden centre, Garsons of Titchfield, has chosen Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance as its charity of the year.

The centre, which is also a farm shop, has already started fundraising for the organisation by placing collection tins at its tills.

The family-run business is hoping to raise thousands of pounds to keep the ambulance flying.

Garsons charity coordinator Rachael Rogers said: ‘As well as voluntary donations from our wonderful customers, some of the staff are already planning exciting events that will make a real difference.’

Rachel Leaman, head of income generation at HIOWAA said: ’We are extremely grateful that Garsons has chosen to support us.

‘It costs in excess of £9,000 a day to maintain our life-saving service. It is only thanks to the generosity of businesses like Garsons and their customers that we are able keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.’