Dishing up tasty pile of cash

PUBLISHED: 11:54 16 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

Spelling it out at the Wellington: Fundraising drive made £1,500

Spelling it out at the Wellington: Fundraising drive made £1,500

STAFF at a restaurant gave up their tips for a weekend as they joined the bid to get Hertfordshire an air ambulance. And £1 was also donated to the cause for every meal bought from the blackboard special dishes at the Wellington in Welwyn. The weekend fun

STAFF at a restaurant gave up their tips for a weekend as they joined the bid to get Hertfordshire an air ambulance.

And £1 was also donated to the cause for every meal bought from the blackboard special dishes at the Wellington in Welwyn.

The weekend fundraising drive, which made £1,500, came about thanks to regular customer Helen Fitzgerald.

She is trekking the Great Wall of China in May to raise money for the air ambulance appeal, and asked the restaurant for some help.

Hertfordshire does not currently have an air ambulance and has to rely on cover from the Essex service. At least £250,000 is needed to buy our own helicopter.

Restaurant manager Liz Gouldie said: "I think it is a great community cause and something that affects us all.

"I was pleased with how enthusiastic the staff were about the weekend and just how generous our customers were."

Staff all adorned their uniforms with something red for the weekend.

Waiter Matt Evans, of Baldwins in WGC, said: "I wasn't sure about giving away all my tips at first but when I found out Helen was planning to go to the other side of the world and trek for five days then it seemed like the least I could do."

Helen, of Hawbush Rise, Welwyn, wants to raise £5,000 for the appeal when she embarks on her Chinese challenge.

The 42 year-old said: "I was speechless when I heard how much money the Wellington had raised.

"I can't thank the team enough for everything that they have done."

She can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/totsfitz

n You can find out more about the appeal at www.hertsairambulance.org.uk

n Last week's story should have stated that Avon was the only other county that did not have an air ambulance service.

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