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Christmas Comes Early For Wings & Wheels Charities

Wednesday, 09 December 2009
Four charities were celebrating an early Christmas present this week as Wings & Wheels distributed £80,000 raised by the one day airshow last August.
Help for Heroes volunteers and special guests from Headley Court took a trip to Dunsfold Aerodrome today (Wednesday 9th December) to collect their £20,000 share and enjoy a trip to the filming of Top Gear.

Among guests from Headley Court were Philip Fantome, Matt Kingston, Stuart Trow, Pam Grainger, Craig Richardson, Mike Goody and the youngest military recipient of the George Cross, Chris Finney.

Mark Elliott , Chief of Staff, Help for Heroes comments:
“When we started Help for Heroes in October 2007 we asked the great British Public to “do their bit” and raise money for those members of our wonderful Armed Forces who have been wounded.  We believe that ALL members of our Armed Forces are HEROES and we raise money for those that have been wounded. 

Over the past two years we have raised just over £34 Million pounds and already spent or allocated over £24 Million, directly supporting our wounded HEROES.  We need so much more to build seven Recovery Centres, so that they get the very best, no compromise! 

What Wings and Wheels did is nothing short of inspirational, they are doing their bit for real HEROES. We can’t thank them enough for their kindness, support and commitment to ensuring we can make sure our wounded HEROES get the very best......THANK YOU ALL.”

Wings & Wheels organisers, Dunsfold Park Ltd, and volunteers then paid a trip to the Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Cranleigh Village Hospital Trust and Brooklands Museum headquarters to distribute the remaining funds.

Jamie McAllister, Event Promoter, Wings & Wheels comments:

“This year’s show was a phenomenal success and as a result we have been able to donate nearly three times what was raised in 2008. The charities we support are all incredibly deserving and we’re delighted that these funds will be used for some truly life changing projects.
It was a pleasure and an honour to host Help for Heroes and Headley Court at the aerodrome and also have the opportunity to visit our other beneficiaries and see their work in action. Our thoughts are now turning to next year and how Wings & Wheels can continue to grow and raise more vital funds.”