The Jubilee Inn at West Anstey near South Molton is inviting people to write their wishes on a cardboard star in return for a charitable donation to Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) from December 5 (2016) until Twelfth Night in January.
Claire Sellar-Elliott, co-owner of the country inn with gastropub-style grub and B&B rooms, said “We will place our Christmas wishing tree in our bar area as we thought it would be a great way to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance, which is a wonderful charity that provides urgent medical assistance to people in Devon.
“Its two helicopters allow the organisation to reach emergency scenes that are very often inaccessible by road and they can do all this within minutes. They save hundreds of lives every year and we know many people who have had their lives touched by the service. We’re indebted to them.
“People will be able to come into the bar area and write their wishes on a card star. These will then be tied to the tree in return for a donation to our chosen charities.”
DAA Fundraising Director Caroline Creer added “we would like to say a huge thank you to the Jubilee Inn for choosing to support us, community support is so important to our service and local pubs are at the heart of their communities. We hope they have a fabulous Christmas event and we hope to continue receiving their support into 2017 our 25th year.”
Due to the fantastic support DAA receives from the people, businesses and communities of Devon they have been able to invest in the clinical development of air paramedics; working with Plymouth University, DAA created a new qualification, a Master’s Degree course for paramedic aircrew, which will put Devon on the map as a centre of excellence for pre-hospital critical care and make their crew amongst the highest qualified in the profession. In addition, in November 2016 DAA launched their night flying enabling them to operate until midnight every day.
Claire, who runs The Jubilee Inn with Executive Chef and Co-owner Sam Salway, added: “We hope lots of people come along to pop their wishes on the tree and we hope all of them come true! People will be able to make their wishes until Twelfth Night and we will donate all of the money raised to the charity at the end of January, 2017.”
Claire added “We’re open throughout the week except Mondays, serving seasonal dishes with ingredients sourced from nearby…When people are planning and attending festive parties and meals, we thought this would be the perfect time to spare a thought for others who may be less fortunate, to raise invaluable funds for this wonderful charity and to create our charity wishing tree.”
For further details about The Jubilee Inn, which is on B3227 at West Anstey near South Molton, or the wishing tree, please call 01398 341401 or visit www.thejubileeinn.co.uk.