Store aid for air medics

This Is Wiltshire: Staff from Sainsbury's in Calne present a Combi Carrier to Claire Kelly of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and paramedic Steve Riddle after the store raised funds from customer donations and charity sales Staff from Sainsbury's in Calne present a Combi Carrier to Claire Kelly of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and paramedic Steve Riddle after the store raised funds from customer donations and charity sales

After a year of fundraising, staff at Sainsbury’s, Calne, have raised more than £1,500 to buy equipment for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. The charity was chosen as the store’s annual charity last year and it used the money to buy a Combi Carrier for paramedics. A Combi Carrier helps to transport patients with a suspected spinal or hip injury from the accident scene to a hospital bed, by reducing the amount of movement needed to lift and carry a person. The money came from customer donations and staff members selling Wiltshire Air Ambulance Christmas cards and home-made cakes. Store spokesman Lyn Clark said: “It’s a fantastic piece of equipment and it’s thanks to our customers that we have been able to buy it.” Sainsbury’s next cause will be Hannah’s Trees, a charity set up in memory of 13-year-old Hannah Owen from Calne, which aims to provide trees for children in local hospices at Christmas time.

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