Thamesdown Pirates lottery success for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

By Anita Jaynes on 8 September, 2014

Thamesdown Transport’s sea fishing club, the Thamesdown Pirates, has donated £600 to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance after raising money for the charity through playing the National Lottery.

Each week, members of the Thamesdown Pirates raise money for the charity through contributing to a game based on the bonus ball.  Each member pays £1 and chooses a number, with winner being the person who has chosen the number that appears in Saturday’s National Lottery.

The weekly prize, which totals £49, is then split between the winner and the Air Ambulance.  Players also regularly choose to play on behalf of the charity, which results in the Air Ambulance receiving all the prize money should that number appear.

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been the club’s official charity since the beginning of the year.  It is a charity close to the hearts of many of the club members – who are Thamesdown bus drivers or former drivers – due to the vital help and care they provide in the county.

The club fishes off the coast of Poole at least one Sunday a month and also organize two extended trips per year.  They regularly catch seasonal fish including mackerel, pollack, bream and cod, as well as rays and sharks which they release back into the wild.

In the past the club has caught a 50lb conger eel and an 18lb ray.

President of the Thamesdown Pirates, Tony Hibbert, said: “We chose the Wiltshire Air Ambulance as we wanted to support a local charity.  All the members of the Thamesdown Pirates are keen to get behind the Air Ambulance as we’ve seen just how valuable their life-saving service is and want to give all the support we can to help ensure it continues.”

Rebecca de la Bedoyere, Fundraising Manager at Wiltshire Air Ambulance, said “We were delighted when the Thamesdown Pirates got in touch to tell us they have chosen to support us. We receive no government or National Lottery funding, and every penny raised by individuals and businesses in our community helps towards the £2.5 million we need per year to continue flying and saving lives.”

For more information on Thamesdown, visit www.thamesdownbus.com.  To find out more about the Wiltshire Air Ambulance visit www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk.

Pictured above:Wiltshire Air Ambulance with David Hall, Dale East and Tony Hibbert of Thamesdown Pirates.