Pub parks funds

An enterprising Staffordshire pub has raised over £6,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance by asking customers and local residents to contribute £1.00 for using its car park.

Staff at the Red Lion at Rugeley launched the ‘pay as you park’ scheme back in 2008 as a solution to limited parking facilities in the historic market town and an opportunity to support their favourite charity at the same time.

Since then they have raised a staggering £6,318 for Midlands Air Ambulance, with the scheme proving so popular that in some months it has pulled in over £300 in donations.

Mrs. Carol Probert, landlady of the Red Lion says “All of the staff at the Red Lion, including myself, truly believe that Midlands Air Ambulance is a brilliant cause. We are all so happy that the use of our car park has managed to raise such an impressive amount of money. The charity receives no government or national lottery funding so these donations really are needed to help it continue its lifesaving work.”

The car park will continue to be available to Rugeley residents and visitors for parking every day and hopefully it won’t be too long before another generous sum is winging its way to the air ambulance.

Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.