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Grecians urged to donate socks and unwanted gifts this Christmas

Filed under: Air Ambulance Costs and Fundraising — Posted by: Mark on December 20, 2011

Continuing a long association with each other, fundraisers for the Devon Air Ambulance (DAAT) in the UK will once again be working with Exeter City Football Club to raise funds through the festive period.

Explaining this year’s event, which will target unwanted gifts, the DAAT Fundraising Director Caroline Creer said:

“…sometimes Santa gets it wrong (so) if he brings you socks … a Christmas jumper … or another bottle of aftershave, why not (give it to us and) help us raise funds.”

There are thousands of fans expected to attend the traditional start of the year match on January 2, particularly as this year sees a local derby against rivals Yeovil Town.

However, Caroline Creer was quick to point out that it is not just unwanted items that can be donated. For those lucky enough to get everything they have on their list this year, there may be a need to clear some space and so donations of older items will also be gladly accepted.

The DAAT fundraisers will be at St James Park from 12 noon on January 2, but people not heading to the game or wanting to give items at other times of the year can also help.

Charity stores are dotted throughout County, and only too happy to take items whenever they come available.

With a stunning coastline, Devon attracts hundreds of visitors each year. As a result, the Air Ambulance service has been scrambled nearly 17,500 times in 19 years. Operating at a cost of £4.5m each year, such local fundraising events are essential.

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