BLAKEMERE Craft Centre has raised £2,500 to help the Children’s Air Ambulance reach the skies.
The centre, in Sandiway near Northwich, chose the Children’s Air Ambulance as its Charity of the Year 2011/2012.
They held collections and events at the centre throughout the year to raise money, including a Countryside Fair in the summer which attracted more than 9,000 people.
The charity is raising funds to get its helicopter equipped and prepared to provide a vital service transporting tiny patients and expert medical teams around the country.
Blakemere manager Ginny Brooks-White said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Children’s Air Ambulance and I am very pleased we have been able to raise so much money.
“I look forward to seeing the air ambulance get off the ground.”
David Reeves, Cheshire fundraising manager for The Children’s Air Ambulance, said: “The support of Blakemere and its visitors throughout the year has been phenomenal.
“It’s been part of a huge fundraising effort to get our helicopter ready for specialist paediatric transfers in spring this year.
“Thank you so much for your support.”
The new nationally co-ordinated service is based in the heart of England at Coventry Airport.
A helicopter could take a sick child to the centre of London from Chester in less than 50 minutes. The same journey by land would take more than three-and-a-half hours even without traffic delays.