BUS drivers have raised thousands for Wiltshire’s flying paramedics.

Drivers at Swindon company Thamesdown say they have raised more than £2000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance through a flurry of fundraising schemes.

Among these schemes, staff at the firm have taken to dropping change into a collecting tin every time they make themselves a cup of tea or coffee while on their break.

Alex Chutter, general manager of Thamesdown, said: “Wiltshire Air Ambulance is a critical resource, with a simple but vital mission - to save lives. With more than 250 staff, I know that many at Thamesdown have been or will be helped in some way by the invaluable services this charity provides.

“Our team has now raised in excess of £2000, through various fundraising efforts - including a weekly bonus ball game, and even by kindly donating 10p each time they make a tea or coffee in our rest room.

“There is always something going on here - and I know our dedicated team will be continuing our efforts - doing everything possible to support this worthwhile cause.”

The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was founded in 1990. The charity must raise more than £3million a year to keep its doctors and paramedics in the air.

Valerie Whistler, partnerships coordinator for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, thanked Thamesdown for their support.

“The team there has raised an amazing amount through various activities, which will go a long way towards the £8,904 that needs to be raised every day in order to keep this essential service flying and saving lives.

“We are very grateful for everyone’s hard work and look forward to our continuing relationship.”

To donate to Wiltshire Air Ambulance, visit: www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk.