Giving something back - Part 3
At Banner we don’t just sell products and services…….we encourage and enable our people to achieve great things. In each edition we showcase employees who have given something back.
A special acknowledgment must be given to Eric Mountain, CCS National Account Manager at Banner, because of his commitment to fundraising for both the COPS and Yorkshire Air Ambulance charities this year. Eric has raised an impressive £1,650 for charity in 2017.
In October Eric completed a wing walking challenge to raise money for COPS (Care of Police Survivors). This was an exhilarating but terrifying challenge whereby Eric was strapped to the wings of an aeroplane that travelled at speeds of up to 150mph!
COPS is the UK charity dedicated to helping the families of the police officers who have lost their lives in relation to their duty, to rebuild their lives. Since being founded in 2003, the charity has helped hundreds of families shattered by the loss of their police officer. They aim to ensure that surviving family members have the help they need to cope with such tragedy and they remain part of the police family.
Each geographical area of Banner, and the wider EVO Group, supports a local charity. This year the Normanton and Sheffield sites are proud to support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity and have, so far, raised £1,700 pounds.
During October we welcomed the Yorkshire Air Ambulance to our offices to celebrate our fundraising achievements to date and to find out what other challenges we can take on in 2018.
It may surprise you to know that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire.
In fact as a Charity they only receive help through secondment of paramedics from the NHS, through Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust. To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air they need to raise £12,000 per day.
This is equivalent to £4.4 million per year. As a rapid response air emergency service the Charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres.
Yorkshire has a vast topography that not only includes remote, rural and densely populated areas but also includes major motorways and road networks such as the M62, M1, A1 and M18.