Devon Air Ambulance Trust's Fundraising Director Caroline Creer made a special visit to Lend Lease's London offices last week to collect a cheque for £10,000, raised at the Guvnors Club Christmas Charity Ball. The Guvnors Club is an internal club in Lend Lease which has been going for 84 years and organises various events for its members and raises money for charity..
Lend Lease is the global international property and infrastructure group behind some of London's largest mixed-use regeneration projects, such as the transformation of Elephant and Castle and The International Quarter in Stratford.
Katrina Lamberton, Project Manager at Lend Lease and also Secretary of the Guvnors Club, said: "We believe greatly in giving back to those charities that have touched the lives of our members. When Matt told us what had happened with his mum, Devon Air Ambulance Trust was the obvious choice to support through our Christmas Charity Ball. We are delighted to be able to donate this substantial sum to the Charity."
Matthew Burgess added: "My mum's death was very sudden, which has made it an extremely difficult reality to come to terms with. She didn't suffer with any illness or disease at all so this was a huge shock to our whole family. She had a cerebral aneurysm haemorrhage while on holiday with my Dad and some family friends and it was a matter of seconds between perfect health and passing away. My mum was an amazing lady and supported a number of charities throughout her life but the one we raised money for at her funeral was Devon Air Ambulance Trust. This is because the team worked tirelessly to save her and despite the fact there was nothing more they could've done, they managed to keep her alive long enough so we had the chance to say goodbye and hold her hand one last time. This is something we will be for ever grateful for."
Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said: "I was delighted to be able to collect this fantastic donation in person. On behalf of Devon Air Ambulance Trust I would like to thank Lend Lease for their support of the Charity. This donation comes due to the sad loss of a mum by one of their members Matt Burgess, therefore we accept with thanks the £10,000 donation in her memory."
Caroline continued: "This donation will make a huge difference in helping to keep Devon's Air Ambulances flying, in fact helping us to help at least three more families just like Matt's. We rely totally on public donations so to be thought of at such a difficult time is extremely humbling and gratefully received."
Photo: Pictured left to right: Andy Lee (Construction Director & Guvnors Club Sth Branch Chairman), Caroline Creer (Fundraising Director, Devon Air Ambulance Trust), Alan Burgess (dad to Matt), Matt Burgess (Construction Manager), Neil Martin - (Managing Director PM&C and Guvnors Club National Chairman)