Every year Sigma Pharmaceutical Plc, who are based In Watford, sponsors a key Hertfordshire charity that represents and serves the local Hertfordshire community.
At a recent charity evening sponsored by Sigma, a staggering £41,000 was raised for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Service, in just under two hours.
The charity event was part of Sigma’s Annual Community Pharmacy Conference which ran from the February 16-21, and was attended by delegates ranging from community pharmacists, pharmaceutical suppliers, the media and many from the UK health sector.
The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Service is a charity funded service kept airborne thanks to the generosity of those who make donations, fundraisers and volunteers.
The charity’s spokesperson Tony Stone said: “We were just blown away by the sheer kindness and generosity of the UK pharmacy community who were so quick to respond as soon as the call went out in the evening. While the funds raised this evening were huge, we still need to keep the in-flow of funding going just to survive and man the air ambulances with the doctors, paramedics and the entire technical team.”
Tony explained to the delegates on the evening that air ambulance flights cost an average of £2,500 per mission, and the service fly on average four missions a day so the funds raised would be a welcome contribution.
Sigma’s co-chairman Kamal Shah was hosting the charity evening.
Sadly, he lost his wife in a road accident a few years ago, but had his young son rescued by the air ambulance service added: “On a personal level, I cannot thank the air ambulance service enough for their speed and efficiency in executing a fast rescue on that fateful evening when I nearly lost all my family on the roadside. Sigma are so proud to be able to sponsor and work with this worthy charity during 2020.”