AN OSWESTRY company has taken its ongoing charitable commitments to the next level with their work for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity (MAAC).

Colleagues from Aico recently took part in MAAC's Store Stars challenge to raise vital funds and encourage volunteers to aid the cause.

MAAC Store Stars challenge invited groups of four from local businesses to their charity shops across the Midlands to build an eye-catching window display. Groups were given a morning to build their masterpieces and an afternoon to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Three teams from Aico took part over three weeks.

Team one built a display based around prize give aways and members of the community leaving Christmas messages for their loved ones; the second team put on a bake sale, held a raffle and encouraged shoppers to guess the number of stars in their helicopter themed display; and finally group three built an inflatable Santa display while encouraging members of the public to leave messages for their lost loved ones.

Together, Aico’s teams to raised over £2,300 for MAAC at a time when funds are needed more than ever.

Aico’s operations co-ordinator Ryan Evans who took part in the challenge was delighted with the outcome and commented: “It was great to be involved in the MAAC Store Stars competition recently. The idea of designing a unique window display, and fundraising ideas for the store was testing but very rewarding.

"It was good to be outside my comfort zone and I thoroughly enjoyed the entire day. The volunteers at the store were very helpful and a pleasure to work with, I feel very privileged to be able to aid the charity."

MAAC’s partnerships executive Abbie Hawkins who oversaw the challenge added: “The Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Store Stars competition has been a great opportunity to provide volunteering for our charity shops during the busiest time of the year, while enjoying some festive team building fun.

"Aico were outstanding participants and really helped to make our first ever Store Stars a success."

Veronica Finney, who was the judge, is logistics co-ordinator at Signtech, who are specialists in designing and creating bespoke shop signs, window graphics and vehicle graphics.

She described the displays as “cute, cosy and professional”.

The money raised by the three teams equates to eight lifesaving, critical care car missions.

MAAC operates and funds three air ambulances covering six Midlands counties including Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands.

Aico were delighted to become corporate partners with the charity and support their ongoing effort throughout 2021 and 2022.