In 2018, Accord UK, Barnstaple, worked closely with Devon Air Ambulance to open and provide an official Community Landing Site (CLS) located in the field to the rear of their site. This was the 24th site in North Devon and 91st in the county at the time. Today, the network extends to 163 live night landing sites across Devon.

As well as the landing site, Accord UK employees have continued to support and raise all-important funds for the charity. Here's a little more about one employee’s fantastic efforts.

In the last year, Will Jay, an industrial cleaner from the Accord UK Barnstaple site, raised over £1000+ selling his own calendars of the local Devon area and wildlife. Accord has supported Will with his charitable activity, working with local printers to produce the calendars which he has gone on to sell to raise funds.

Sally Hilton, Head of Fundraising at DAA, commented:

We are incredibly thankful to Will for all his fundraising efforts, using his photography skills to create a calendar that has gone on to raise money for the charity is a fantastic gesture. We are very pleased to hear that he has also received a company award.

We are also very grateful to Accord for providing a Community Landing Site at their Barnstaple site; these sites in the heart of our communities give us safe access when needed and especially in the hours of darkness.

If you are to visit any of the many North Devon beauty spots, then it's quite possible you will bump into Will, out and about with his camera, looking for the perfect shot. What will strike anyone meeting him for the first time is his sincerity and genuine friendliness.

Robert Ashton, Packaging Leader at Accord said:

Will has a genuine ability to raise awareness of local charities and has over the years organised fundraising activities for Accord, such as football matches, skittle tournaments and several quiz evenings. He uses his wit and charm to encourage his colleague’s participation in these events. All of which are enjoyable.

Everyone at Accord and Devon Air Ambulance would like to wish Will continued success and we look forward to hearing about his next fundraising venture.

If you have a fundraising idea or story to share with us, please let us know about it - we would love to hear your news!