High-flying fundraisers

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STAFF at one Dales supermarket is flying high after raising over £4,000 for the Air Ambulance service.

After a year of fundraising by staff at Sainsbury’s in Matlock, deputy store manager Mike Clay met the Air Ambulance’s Richard Oliver last week to present the cheque.

Richard Oliver, fundraising manager for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, said: “We’re really grateful for the fantastic efforts of the staff and customers at Sainsbury’s Matlock.

“We’d like to thank every customer who’s helped contribute to this fantastic total. Our service costs £1.7million per annum to run, and this amazing amount will really help keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.”

Staff took part in a variety of activities including cake sales, raffles and welcoming volunteers from Air Ambulance into store to help with bag packs and bucket collections.

The year began in June 2011 after schoolchildren designed their own helicopters.