A PUB and its regulars have helped raise £1,500 in aid of an air ambulance charity.

The Tufthorn Inn in Milkwall hosted a Christmas raffle throughout November and December to raise funds for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC).

Cash raised from the raffle, which culminated in a draw on Sunday, December 22, will help ensure GWAAC can continue providing the life-saving service 365 days a year across the Forest of Dean, Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, and the rest of Gloucestershire.

Tufthorn Inn landlord Jack Crook said they continued to support GWAAC because “it is an important local charity and it’s reassuring to know they are on hand to help local people if required”.

Jack said: “It’s such a vital service, and yet they receive no day-to-day funding from the Government or National Lottery.

“It relies completely on generous donations, so it’s great that local businesses and people have helped us to raise this money.”

GWAAC’s Vicky King, community coordinator, said: “We’re so grateful to The Tufthorn Inn for their generosity and support.

“We rely on the people we serve to help us raise the £3m we need each year to stay operational. The money raised will help us to provide critical care to those who need it the most – saving more lives.”

The Tufthorn Inn thanked everyone who got involved and donated to the raffle to help them raise the cash.

GWAAC has been providing an air ambulance service for 2.1 million people for more than 10 years.

Find out more at www. gwaac.com