As the festive season approaches, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is asking the people of Essex to get behind their local life-saving charity with some suitably sparkling fundraising.
One of the charity’s most popular fundraising initiatives at Christmas, is EHAAT’s `Lights for Flights’, which sees homes across the county light up their properties in aid of their local air ambulance. And this year will not disappoint, with many householders already signed up to take part. 
Emma Barker, Head of Income Generation at EHAAT, said: “Essex and Herts Air Ambulance provides helicopter emergency medical services 24/7, so Santa isn’t the only one who will be flying this Christmas.
 “’Lights for Flights’ is an amazing way to fundraise, and we would love to see more houses lit up in support of our charity. It couldn’t be easier to take part. All you need to do is decorate your home or workplace inside or outside with festive Christmas lights; then contact us for a festive banner and collection tin, which you can put outside your house for people to make a donation.” 
EHAAT truly is a life-saving charity kept operational thanks to everyone who volunteers, donates, fundraises, and plays its lottery. The service is provided free of charge but, unlike NHS emergency services, it receives limited direct funding from the Government and none from the National Lottery. It costs in excess of £750,000 every month to keep the service operational. 
Ms Barker continues. “We would like to say a big thank you to all those who have supported us this year, and we are appealing to the local community to help us in any way they can this Christmas. There are many ways you can support. You can host festive fundraisers like mince pie mornings, Christmas jumper days, craft sales and carol singing, or buy tickets for our Winter Raffle. You can also purchase gift wrapping, Christmas cards, branded notepads, and socks - a seasonal favourite, from our online shop at 
“Our committed team remain dedicated, ready and able to save lives when someone is having the worst day of their life – even on Christmas Day. That’s why we need support from the people and businesses of Essex this festive season. Whatever your fundraising idea, it all helps to keep us operational, and our fundraising elves are ready and waiting to hear from you to help your fundraising take off!”
To support EHAAT’s Festive Fundraising initiative, sponsored by Raine and Co, visit our website or call the Fundraising Team on 0345 2417 690.

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