Mince pies boost air ambulance funds

Dr Vidar Magnusson, Critical Care Paramedic Jon Sanders, Pilot Pete Driver and Paramedic David Wright with their Christmas cake, courtesy of Cavendish Bakery.

Dr Vidar Magnusson, Critical Care Paramedic Jon Sanders, Pilot Pete Driver and Paramedic David Wright with their Christmas cake, courtesy of Cavendish Bakery.

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CAVENDISH Bakery helped raise vital funds for the Sussex Air Ambulance by donating 400 mince pies in a Christmas give-away.

Arndale Centre shoppers were given the festive treat in return for a suggested £1 donation to help keep the helicopter flying.

The emergency service needs £1.7m a year to stay airborne and relies almost entirely on voluntary public donations. Each flying mission alone costs between £1,500 and £2,000.

A total of £365.44 was raised for Sussex Air Ambulance following a collection near the Sainsbury’s store on December 3.

Cavendish Bakery, in Grove Road and Cavendish Place, also donated one of its luxury Christmas cakes to the helicopter crew. Owner Julie Bennett said, “We were thrilled by the responses and had to exceed the quantity of Christmas cakes and mince pies given away this year.

“Requests have arrived from a wide range of charities and voluntary organisations along with families and individuals, all supporting deserving causes.”