MP's community office hosts special charity coffee morning

By Amanda Wilkins - 5 February 2024


Wiltshire Air Ambulance has received a funding boost thanks to a coffee morning hosted by North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson.

The Ridge Coffee Club from St Andrew’s Ridge presented a cheque for £8,490 during the gathering at Mr Tomlinson's office.

The money will help the charity continue to provide emergency care to people all over Wiltshire.

The coffee club is led by St Andrew’s Ridge residents Sue McDonald and Lyn Bayliss, who have organised a number of community fundraising events such as coffee mornings and a monthly pub quiz at The Jovial Monk.

Building on the work already done, the Ridge Coffee Club is now aiming to reach £12,000 in donations, enough to fund the service for a whole day.

Mr Tomlinson said: “I want to say a huge well done to Sue MacDonald, Brian Burrows, Lyn Burrows, and the rest of The Ridge Coffee Club team.

“It was a pleasure to welcome them to my Community Office and host their special coffee morning.

“I have supported the group for many years and have always been impressed with the work it does to support the vital work of the Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

“In addition to this this they have also supported the local community by funding and maintaining the public defibrillator outside The Jovial Monk pub – which I had the honour of unveiling.

“I will continue to support The Ridge Coffee Club and look forward to seeing what exciting plans they have coming up.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance corporate partnerships lead Naomi Barker said: “We can’t thank The Ridge Coffee Club enough for their incredible fundraising efforts to support our lifesaving charity.

“In the four years The Ridge Coffee Club has partnered with Wiltshire Air Ambulance, they’ve effectively funded two lifesaving missions.

“Their support has made, and will continue to make, such a difference in the community.”

The North Swindon MP is the first and only MP in the country to have a community office – where charities and local voluntarily organisations can use the location at the Orbital Shopping Park for free.

Over 100 organisations have made use of the office as a venue for many different meetings and activities. 

They include Parkinson’s UK coffee mornings, play sessions for children supported by The Rainbow Trust, The Scout Christmas Post, first aid training with Ipsum and training and committee meetings for a number of other charities and organisations.


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