THE president of a Women’s Institute has spoken of her dismay after writing to dozens of firms to help boost a fund-raising event – only to learn that a minority of organisations wanted to help out.
Claire Bell, president of Rangemore and Tatenhill WI, spoke out after being left ‘saddened and disgusted’ that major firms in the town refused to provide prizes for an afternoon tea event organised to help boost the coffers of Midlands Air Ambulance.
She told the Mail that, while a few firms did come forward to help out, most attempted to ‘fob her off’,
Mrs Bell told the Mail: “Midlands Air Ambulance gets no Government or National Lottery funding, so it is all down to the general public to help.
“However, I was extremely saddened and disgusted that none of the large stores in Burton were prepared to give me anything at all for our raffle or tombola and in fact they all did the most amazing job of ‘fobbing me off’. They did not provide one small thing.
“Only the likes of the Vicarage, Branston Golf and Country Club, Altro Mondo, Nestle and other hairdressers and small independent shops were happy to give us things to help the cause.
“Nestle were particularly good as they said they will be very pleased to donate a hamper for our fund-raising raffle in support of Midlands Air Ambulance.
“Someone suggested I write as they are apparently extremely good when it comes to supporting any charity.”
The event takes place from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday, June 28, at Tatenhill Village Hall.
Mrs Bell added: “This event is by ticket only and there are only a very few left.
“However, if it is a nice day we are hoping to set some tables outside and serve homemade cake and scones with jam and cream to anyone who is able to come along and support Midlands Air Ambulance.
“On the day we are selling wonderful WI homemade cakes and have some fabulous raffle and tombola stalls.”
Anyone who would like to support the event or donate a prize is urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Midlands Air Ambulance operates from a base in Tatenhill and covers the whole of East Staffordshire.