An award-winning tourism provider is encouraging guests to donate to the Cornwall Air Ambulance when making a booking.
Stephen Chidgey has been winning widespread and prestigious recognition for his self-catering cottage in Tregonetha, near Padstow, for many years. As someone who believes wholeheartedly in a sustainable, ethical approach that provides customers with an outstanding value-for-money service, he has now gone one step further by introducing an opportunity for donations that will help a life-saving local charity.
Not only that, Stephen has also pledged to match guest contributions from his own pocket.
“I’ve been supporting the Cornwall Air Ambulance for some years with free holidays at the Old Barn that are then raffled or auctioned to raise funds,” he said.
“Cornwall Air Ambulance is a vital community charity that helps visitors as well as residents when they get into difficulty, so it seemed only reasonable to encourage donations when people book. I’ve been delighted with the response so far.”
Stephen is something of a role model for Cornish tourism, having been a regular winner in the Cornwall, Southwest and Visit England awards since 2014.
Sleeping up to five people, the Old Barn boasts a range of eco features that include a ground source heat pump, solar panels, rainwater harvesting and electric charging points. Occupancy rates have never been higher and all the indications are that 2022 will be a similarly successful year.
Karen Hurn, Philanthropy Manager at Cornwall Air Ambulance, said: “Every year Cornwall Air Ambulance is tasked to over 1,000 missions. Up to 20% of these are to help people who fall seriously ill or have an injury while visiting the county. It is fantastic to have support from Stephen, who is not only raising vital funds for the charity, but also helping to spread awareness about the lifesaving service within the tourism sector.”