One of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s (YAA) longest-standing corporate supporters has vowed to continue to support the Charity for a further five years with services worth over £170,000. SICL, an award-winning technology company, provides the Charity with IT support, services and infrastructure and will continue to do so until at least 2018.
The YAA has long been SICL’s chosen Charity but back in 2006 it decided to do more to support the independent Charity, choosing to offer IT support and services free of charge, over five years. In total, this has saved the Charity over £125,000.
However, with the increasing IT infrastructure of the YAA, the new agreement will be now worth in excess of £170,000.
Commenting on their continuing partnership, SICL’s Managing Director Cliff Fox said: “We have a great admiration for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance; operationally, personally and ethically. We’re all very proud to support the YAA who save lives in the region in which we live and work.”
Neale Jacobs, Operations Manager for the YAA also added “We cannot thank SICL enough for their continued support. As an independent Charity, having support from companies such as SICL is invaluable. They have saved us over £125,000 over the last five years which is a huge sum of money for the YAA, so to have their continued support, which this time is worth over £170,000, is phenomenal. This is equivalent to keeping us flying for over three weeks.”
“We have to fundraise each and every day of the year to keep the Charity running, so savings of this nature really are significant, and allow us to spend donated funds on keeping both of the helicopters maintained and in the air saving lives.”
As part of the five year sponsorship deal, the SICL logo will feature on both YAA’s helicopters G-SASH & G-CEMS.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance are an independent Charity needing to raise £7,200 each day. The operate two life-saving helicopters across the Yorkshire region, seven days per week, 365 days per year. The work of the YAA is featured in the popular BBC documentary series Helicopter Heroes. More information about the Charity can be found on their website www.yaa.org.uk.
Photograph (L-R):YAA Paramedic: Paul Kilner, SICL Managing Director: Cliff Fox, YAA Operations Manager: Neale Jacobs, SICL Finance Director: Shirley Firth.