Ascona Group ('Ascona'), a top 10 UK independent forecourt operator and one of The Sunday Times' 100 fastest growing businesses, is delighted to announce that it has made a donation of £40,000 to its charity partner, the Wales Air Ambulance.
After Ascona made an initial donation of £10,000 in March 2023 to celebrate the start of the partnership, the Group has made this additional donation following the success of its fundraising activities over the last few months. Ascona anticipates raising over £100,000 for the Wales Air Ambulance over the course of the year-long partnership, through all of its proposed activities.
The partnership helps to support the Wales Air Ambulance in their mission to deliver lifesaving medical care to people across Wales, whenever and wherever they need it. The service relies entirely on charitable donations to raise the necessary £11.28 million in funds to keep the helicopters in the air and rapid response vehicles on the roads across Wales.
Darren Briggs, Founder and CEO of Ascona Group, commented: "Since we launched Ascona in 2011, supporting our local communities has been at the heart of everything we do so I am very proud that we are able to support the Wales Air Ambulance in their vital work. "I am thrilled that we were able to make another significant donation to the charity, and we remain on track to hit our ambitious fundraising target which will help to ensure this fantastic charity can continue to deliver lifesaving medical care to people across Wales."
Mark Stevens, Head of Fundraising, Wales Air Ambulance Charity commented: "We are all amazed at the level of support from Ascona Group. This is certainly the most ambitious pledge received from a business to the charity in recent years. Working with Ascona on the partnership has been positive and rewarding. It is very rare to partner with a business that demonstrates such high levels of Corporate Social Responsibility. On behalf of all crew, staff and patients, thank you."