Charity of the Year for Bluebird Care

December 18, 2014 by Tracy

Charity of the Year launchBluebird Care Dorset is proud to announce that Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been selected as their Charity of the Year for 2015.

The Air Ambulance was the winner of a staff vote that saw them not only come out on top overall but also achieve the greatest level of support from each of Bluebird Care Dorset’s individual offices.

Director of Bluebird Care Dorset, Joanne McMahon said, "We felt that it was important for our Charity of the Year to be chosen by our staff so we invited each of our office teams to nominate two charities to be short-listed and then our Care Workers voted for the charity that they wished to fundraise for in 2015."

Bex Symes, Care Manager of Bluebird Care Dorset’s Dorchester office said, "The Air Ambulance was one of the charities selected by my Dorchester office to be short-listed.  I am delighted that we will be championing this cause for 2015 as it is a hugely worthwhile cause much in need of public support."

Co-Director of Bluebird Care Dorset, Chris Scriven said, "We have tasked each of our office teams with holding at least two fund-raising events over the coming year and I will be organising further company-wide events to boost these efforts.  We will also have a collection pot in each office throughout the year.  My understanding is that for each mission flown by the Air Ambulance £2,500 of public support is needed.  We have therefore set ourselves a fund-raising target of £5,000 for the year as it would be great  have covered the cost of two missions.  At Bluebird Care Dorset, our care at home services can often involve helping people to get back onto their feet and regain independence after an accident or operation.  We recognise that the Air Ambulance works at very much the acute end of this type of service and we have a huge amount of respect for what they do."

Leanne Colverson, DSAA Fundraising Coordinator was delighted and said, "We are thrilled with this announcement. We can only raise the £1.7 million a year it costs to keep flying with the support of the public and businesses like Bluebird Care Dorset.  It’s exciting to hear some of the fundraising ideas already in the pipeline and we are really looking forward to working with the Bluebird Care team over the coming year.”