Coffee gives air ambulance a lift

Vox Pop - Pensioners downsizing houses'Patricia Guzman who works at Martha's Cafe in Greenhill who raise money for charities such as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Macmillan by donating profits from coffee mornings and book sales
Vox Pop - Pensioners downsizing houses'Patricia Guzman who works at Martha's Cafe in Greenhill who raise money for charities such as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Macmillan by donating profits from coffee mornings and book sales
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YOU CAN’T beat a cup of coffee in the morning.

Especially when it raises more than £300 for charity.

Staff at Martha’s Cafe, in Greenhill, raised £328.47 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance after holding a coffee morning and book sale.

Sales assistant Patricia Guzman said: “It’s been brilliant and we’re grateful for everyone’s help and support, especially that of Temple Spa, who helped us enormously. They really made it a nice event by giving their time up and coming along to give people hand massages throughout the morning.

“Coffee mornings work really well in here because we have all the equipment and it saves people the trouble from doing it in their own homes.”

The cafe donated all its takings from the coffee morning to Yorkshire Air Ambulances and hope to run another coffee morning next year.

But it’s not all coffee and cake. Martha’s Cafe’s ongoing book swap raises money on a continual basis for the air ambulance charity.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance has two helicopters, both of which are based in West Yorkshire. The running of each helicopter requires £7,200 a day - a sum that can only be raised by charitable donations.

The helicopters make the rescues a day - many of which are in the South Yorkshire area, though the organisation serves the whole of Yorkshire, providing an emergency service for as many as five million people. The charity flies seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape of major cities such as Sheffield as well isolated locations.

Martha’s Cafe staff chose Yorkshire Air Ambulance as their charity because many of its customers wish to support it.

Patricia and the staff hope to continue raising money for the charity.