Wiltshire Air Ambulance received a cheque worth £20,583.73 and Bobby Van Trust £18,200 at the WAA airbase in Semington February 12.

Emily Tulloch and her small team organised a massive fundraising venture at the Hillbrush Company in Mere at the end of last year for two charities.

The Convish Farm Charity Events (CFCE) team of five neighbours from West Knoyle and a couple of friends from Mere, raised an astonishing £37,983.73 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance (WAA) and Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust (WBVT).

Various events over several months include: a raffle for a Kia Picanto car from F J Chalke, a 365-guests Bollywood Rock Party, an online auction and Bag a Bargain, a nearly-new designer clothes sale.  The ventures raised £50,000, with approximately £40,000 given to the two charities.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance receives 999 calls daily and can scramble their helicopter to reach anywhere in Wiltshire within 11 minutes. The trust is funded almost entirely by public donations and needs £3.25 million a year to keep flying.

“The £20,500 we raised and donated to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, funds five flights for the helicopter. It doesn’t seem like many, but that is potentially five lives saved…” Emily said proudly.

The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust operates with Wiltshire Police to provide a home security service for older and vulnerable people. The charity funds the operation of three vans that provide mobile workshops and it is a totally free service to anyone over 60 or who is vulnerable and living in the county of Wiltshire.

“I think the WBVT is sadly on of the best kept secrets of Wiltshire and the county is very lucky to have such a charity,” Emily said.

Emily and her friend Sarah Fineman have discussed another Nearly New Designer Clothes Sale in Spring 2020, but Emily said she would need many more volunteers to help out.

All unwanted nearly new clothes and accessories can be dropped off throughout the year to Emily or Sarah. Contact Emily Tulloch on 07866 848754 or email convishfarm@gmail.com.