Navy base wives raise £1,000 for air ambulance

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WOMEN have rallied together and raised £1,000 for the air ambulance.

HMS Sultan Wives Club raked in cash for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance from various events.

The group is comprised of retired service wives who support each other.

They handed over the cash to charity volunteer Michael Bonathan.

He said: ‘I would like to say a big thank-you to the ladies for the hard work that has been put in to raising the money, it is very much appreciated and will be well used.

‘It costs the charity around £4,000 a day to keep the service in the air so this donation will go a long way to maintaining the service.

‘What people don’t realise about the charity is that while the NHS provides the medical staff on board and the basic standard equipment you would find in a normal ambulance, we don’t get anything from them towards the cost of running the service.’

The wives group raises cash by baking and selling refreshments at various events throughout the year.