Local Air Ambulance Service kicks off third annual charity fundraising event for Air Ambulance Week

This weekend (9-10th September), the local air ambulance service begins a week long fundraising campaign as part of the third annual national Air Ambulance Week 2017.

Volunteer street collectors will be handing out Yellow Cross pin badges in exchange for donations in Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.  As a charity the local air ambulance service receives no government funding and relies entirely on public donations.  As each rescue mission costs £1,700, the funds raised during Air Ambulance Week are vital to keep the air ambulance services flying.

Andy Williamson, Chief Executive of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, said:  “We’re delighted to take part in Air Ambulance Week for the third year running.  The work of air ambulances is of critical importance and the need to keep them flying is relevant to each and every one of us.  Our services are funded entirely by voluntary donations, and the efforts of all those who take part in this kind of initiative to raise funds and showcase the importance of our work really do make a difference.  Please do come and join in, everyone is welcome.”

One of the charity’s 28,394 total rescue missions to date include kitchen fitter Stephen Underwood, a fire accident survivor who was airlifted by the local air ambulance service to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire to receive lifesaving treatment. Stephen said:

“I try not to think too much about what could have happened but I know that I wouldn’t be here now if it hadn’t been for the air ambulance crew and medical teams who looked after me.  I have been involved in fundraising events for the local air ambulance in the past and I always put money in their collection boxes.”

The Air Ambulance Service has two regional air ambulances, across the counties of Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.  These two helicopters provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of 3850 square miles covering many of the UK’s major road networks including the M1, M6, M69 and M42.  With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average six missions a day.

For more information on how to donate or support the cause during this year’s Air Ambulance Week, visit the local Air Ambulance Service website.