Each year Cornwall Chamber of Commerce invites charities within the Duchy to apply for the position of Charity of the Year, offering free marketing support to the chosen charity.

For 2018/19, this was awarded to Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, for which the Chamber began its support by holding a charity ball.

The total raised for the New Heli Appeal was £1950, which the Chamber team presented to the Cornwall Air Ambulance via a large cheque.

Organiser of the event, Membership Manager Nicci Dunning said, “We wanted to give our membership something to celebrate and what better than a party? We are delighted to have raised some money for our charity of the year and to have had the chance to have fun with some of our membership. Thank you to everyone who came and donated their time or prizes.”

Stephanie Bray, Corporate Fundraising Officer for Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “Having the support of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is fantastic- they’ve raised an amazing amount for the charity so far. They will also help to spread the word about the New Heli Appeal within the business community, which I know will help raise vital funds in the year ahead.”

Submissions for the Charity of The Year for 2019/20 are open until the end of March 2019.