Otley snack bar raises more than £30k for YAA

Otley bus station snack bar has reached an incredible fundraising milestone of more than £30,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is a life-saving rapid response emergency service providing emergency care to 5 million people across 4 million acres of Yorkshire.

The snack bar, run by Diane Kerr and Debbie Lamb, has a stall outside their shop selling books, jigsaws and YAA merch with all the proceeds going towards the air ambulance charity.

Diane said: “Our customers bring in donations for us to sell cheap and cheerful. There’s a little bit of everything and the majority of items are 50p. Although we do get a fair price for some of the more expensive items.”

The Otley Bus Station Café has supported the charity, which turns 22 this October for the last 15 years.

“The air ambulance is such an important local charity, and you never know when you might need it. It’s a charity for all”, said Diane. “I’m so thankful to all our customers for bringing their items and helping us reach over £30k. We’re like kids in a sweet shop when items are brought in, we really enjoy what we do.”

Clare Deacon, West Yorkshire Community Fundraiser at Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: “The £30,294 raised by Otley’s bus station snack bar is a phenomenal amount and will help tremendously towards the vital funding of our service.

We would like to thank the staff and their customers for their generosity and support. It is local communities and businesses like these that are the lifeblood of our Charity, and we cannot express our gratitude enough.”