Royal Cornwall boost for charities

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Two charities have been given official status at the 2012 Royal Cornwall Show.

Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Phoenix Stroke Appeal have welcomed the decision, which gives them the right to make collections at the show.

Both charities will also use the three days (June 7-9) to promote their own causes on their separate stands.

In 2012, Cornwall Air Ambulance will celebrate helping to save lives in Cornwall for 25 years. It is the first air ambulance in the UK to reach this milestone.

Chief executive Paula Martin said: “The helicopter is rapidly approaching a log of 23,000 emergency flights, and with no government funding for the helicopter, not a single mission would have been flown without the generous support and fundraising from the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

“The Royal Cornwall Show is like our shop window on the world of Cornwall. It is the one time in the year when we have an opportunity to talk to thousands of people in Cornwall about how their fundraising is spent and why it is so important that we keep our air ambulance flying and serving the whole community.”

The Phoenix Stroke Appeal was launched in June 2011 to raise £500k to improve Cornwall’s level of response to stroke. The money will go to the acute unit at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, the dedicated stroke units at Bodmin and Camborne Redruth Community Hospitals, and to stroke carers in the community.

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