Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Martin House Children’s Hospice in Boston Spa, will each receive £6,500 from Kettlewell Fuels, Melmerby, near Ripon, who raised the funds as part of the company’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
Founded in 1987, Kettlewell Fuels – part of the Kettlewell Group – donated £1 for every delivery of Kerosene it made to farms, homes, and businesses.
The fund-raising efforts were organised by operations manager, Janet Kettlewell and her husband Trevor, a director, to support the two chosen charities.
Janet Kettlewell said:
As a business providing an essential service within a 30 mile radius of Ripon, it’s important for us to find ways of supporting our local community and giving something back.
We felt that the best way to mark our 25th anniversary was raising funds for local charities. Yorkshire Air Ambulance was an obvious choice because it provides a life-saving, rapid-response emergency service to five million people across Yorkshire. The charity also relies entirely on donations.
When we found out that Martin House Children’s Hospice was also celebrating its 25th anniversary, we wanted to recognise its wonderful work in supporting families with children and young people with a life-limiting illness.
Kettlewell Fuels, which makes thousands of customer deliveries each year, has increased sales by more than 50 per cent in the last five years and now boasts a £17.5m turnover, a team of 11 staff and a six-strong vehicle fleet.
From this summer, the company’s vehicles will have striking new yellow and blue livery as the company has changed its fuel supply to the Jet brand, produced by the Phillips 66 refinery in Immingham, Humberside.
Janet Kettlewell added:
As a truly-independent, family-owned business, it’s vital that we give our customers the first-class support they deserve, especially in bitter winters like the last one.
We need to guarantee a consistent supply of quality fuels and first-rate service.
The Jet brand provides both of these and, like us, is a long-term relationship business. We look forward to building our commercial partnership and service to customers together.
Territory Manager at Jet, Carl Smaller, added:
We want to congratulate the team at Kettlewell Fuels on their fantastic fund-raising efforts.
The company has built a very good reputation in the industry and a loyal customer base over the past 25 years.
Jet looks forward to supporting them over the next quarter of a century and beyond!