Builders merchant group Travis Perkins has donated £58,000 to the Northamptonshire air ambulance following a year of fundraising in 2011.
The group raised the cash with a variety of fundraisers last year, including raffles, sponsored runs, and tickets to events. Staff were also asked whether they wanted to donate part of their wages to the service, and others gave up their time to volunteer.
Tracy Grunwell, fundraising manager for Northamptonshire, said: “This money means that we will fly to about 40 missions and potentially save several lives. In the six years I’ve been here it’s the biggest cheque I’ve personally been handed for the service.
Each mission costs the service on average £1,400 to fly out to.
Sarah Maddock, who helps organise fundraising at Travis Perkins, said: “It’s brilliant to raise so much and it’s nice to know we could have saved quite a few lives.
“Quite a few staff have been helped by the air ambulance, and have said how wonderful the service was and that message gets relayed across the workplace.
“It’s a local service and we’re delighted to help.”