LEEK United Building Society has marked its 150th Anniversary by strengthening its affinity with the airborne life-savers of the County Air Ambulance Trust.
The sum of £12,500 directly linked to the Society's popular Air Ambulance Affinity Account has been presented to the charity, bringing the total raised since the account was launched in September 2008 to more than £40,000.
Leek United Chief Executive Kevin Wilson handed over the cheque to Stephen Hunt, the County Air Ambulance Trust's Fundraising Operations Manager, from the Trust at Leek United's Head Office in St Edward Street, Leek.
The money will go towards the annual running expenses of the Air Ambulance Service, which costs a staggering £30 a minute to start up, and averages £500 per trip.
Arthur Worthington, Administrator of the County Air Ambulance Trust, said: "We are absolutely delighted that the charity continues to be the beneficiary of Leek United's Affinity Account through its savers, which brings the total raised via the account to a magnificent £42,681.
"It has been a real pleasure and privilege to be associated with the Society for a number of years and we would like to record our sincere thanks for this excellent fundraising initiative and to offer them our hearty congratulations on reaching a significant milestone in celebrating 150 years of service in 2013."
Kevin Wilson added: "The Trust was chosen as the focus of our Affinity Account fundraising because we felt it had the widest possible relevance to the communities we serve: any one of us, at any time, might need the County Air Ambulance."