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Helpful Holidays raise over £10,000 for Devon Air Ambulance from a year of fundraising

The award-winning West Country cottage specialists, Helpful Holidays, raised an incredible £10,581.28 throughout 2016 for Devon Air Ambulance (DAA) as their chosen Charity of the Year.

Over £8,500 of the funds were raised by Helpful Holidays customers, prompted by Helpful Holidays as an optional donation, when making their holiday booking.

In addition, Helpful Holidays raised further funds through a charity Cricket Match held at Chagford Cricket Club in the summer of 2016, in which DAA employees Dave Hawes and Afnan Tellesy competed against the Helpful Holiday team.

Helpful Holidays support DAA as one of three chosen Charity of the Year, annually rotating their support between DAA, Farms for City Children and The Marine Conservation Society. DAA was chosen because of the invaluable service provided for both residents and holiday makers alike in our beautiful rural county. Including previous years fundraising, Helpful Holidays have raised in excess of £37,000 for DAA.

Helen Hayes, Helpful Holidays PR Manager, added “DAA is a Charity close to our heart. In our Chagford based office alone numerous members of the Helpful Holidays team have been airlifted, from riding accidents to children being seriously ill, and each time the service has brought back to us all how very fortunate the West Country is to have such an amazing service on hand. It’s a pleasure to help raise money for this wonderful Charity.”

Tracy Owen, DAA Fundraising Manager, said “We are extremely grateful for Helpful Holidays continued support, £10,581.28 is an incredible amount to have raised in a year and we would like to thank all of their customers who donated when making their booking. We appreciate that Helpful Holidays annually rotate their choice of Charity of the Year and we look forward to receiving their support again in the future.”

Helpful Holidays offers 750 of the most beautiful holiday cottages in the West Country and are recognised for the exceptional quality of their cottages and their outstanding customer service. From romantic hideaways to huge country houses for fabulously sociable parties, in the most stunning destinations, from the wild beauty of Dartmoor and Exmoor to the mellow water meadows of Somerset, the sleepy golden villages of Dorset and the deep azure sand/surf coast of Cornwall and Devon, Helpful Holidays has something to suit for everyone.

If you would like to request a brochure or book a holiday in the Westcountry visit www.helpfulholidays.co.uk or call 01647 434063 to talk to one of the helpful team.

Photos above - 1. Helpful Holidays Cricket Team 2. Senior Marketing Manager Jackie Dawes and Booking Advisor Sasha Knight meet with DAA pilot Richard Tate

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