Wetherby Whaler Chips In With Air Ambulance Fundraising

The Wetherby Whaler group of fish and chip restaurants have raised more than £5,000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The restaurants, located in Guiseley, Wetherby, York, Pudsey and Wakefield, adopted the YAA as one of their chosen charities and encouraged patrons to donate their loose change to the very worthwhile cause.

Philip and Janine Murphy entered the catering business in 1969 with a small fish and chip shop in Tadcaster. Twenty years later they acquired the original Wetherby Whaler in Wetherby and now also operate in Guiseley, York, Wakefield and Pudsey.

Janine Murphy said: "We always knew that our customers were special but this has been a fantastic response. It is very important that local businesses support charity initiatives and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance carries out vital work across the region. It is a real pleasure to be able to hand over a regular donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance from our generous patrons."

Kerry Garner, West Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser at the YAA said: "The Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity are very grateful to have the support of the Wetherby Whaler Restaurants and to help to continue towards the £9990 needed every day to keep the helicopters flying and saving lives. As we are an independent charity, we do rely on donations such as this one, I would like to say a big thank you to the staff and customers for their generous support."