Firm cash aid for ambulance

THE SUPERINTENDENT of Exmouth s St John Ambulance is delighted after a Budleigh-based company donated a large sum of money to the voluntary first aid division.

THE SUPERINTENDENT of Exmouth's St John Ambulance is delighted after a Budleigh-based company donated a large sum of money to the voluntary first aid division.

Stuart Brown, 45, said he was thrilled when Palmers Funeral Services, based on High Street, handed over a cheque for �2,414 this week.

The money will help the Exmouth branch of St John Ambulance in their hunt to reach a �40,000 target which will allow them to buy a new 4x4 vehicle for front-line medical use.

Both the Exmouth and Budleigh Journal newspapers have launched a 'help us help you' campaign to help the division reach the target.


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Stuart, reflecting on the kind gesture made by Palmers, said: "It's fantastic. It has got the campaign off to a great start.

"All we need now is for around 20 more businesses to follow their lead, donate a similar amount of money and we will have reached the goal.

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"Palmers are a local business which makes the gesture even more special - it complies with our philosophy of the community helping one another."

St John Ambulance is the UK's leading first aid charity which has 44,000 volunteers across the country.

Martin Fumagall, who works for the funeral services' company, said: "We have a budget to help local good causes and thought the St John Ambulance appeal would be appropriate.

"I hope they reach their target - it's a case of helping one another out, a mindset which takes on added significance given the current economic climate.

"We are not a massive business so I hope other companies help them out as well."

Ray Pilling, who also works for Palmers, said the work of St John Ambulance was vitally important.

He added: "They are a bunch of volunteers who back and support the main ambulance service.

"To keep up their front-line medical service they need a new 4x4 because the current one is getting old.

"Luckily enough, Palmers have decided to agree to hand over this money to help them."

? If you would like to donate money to help Exmouth's St John Ambulance reach the �40,000 target, contact Stuart Brown on (01395) 446708.

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