Air ambulance says thank you to county volunteers

The air ambulance in action
The air ambulance in action

The county’s air ambulance service has praised all the people who help out behind the scenes as part of National Volunteers Week.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is taking the opportunity to say a big thank you to all of its volunteers for the valuable contribution they make, and to celebrate the work they do to help the charity.

Behind the scenes of the life-saving service is a support crew made up of 720 volunteers, who give up their time to help out in the retail, fundraising and administration departments.

The helicopter attends on average three rescue missions every day, from crashes to horse riding accidents, falls and other medical emergencies.

But as it receives no Government or National Lottery funding, the charity needs all the support it can get from members of the public to raise the £1.7 million it costs to run the service every year.

The charity has a large and very diverse volunteer role selection, giving volunteers the opportunity to gain and build new experiences and build on their strengths.

Volunteer roles include retail support, helping charity boutique managers keep their shops running both in the public eye and out of it, manning the stores and organising stock.

Others will help spread the word and work with their local communities, acting as ambassadors, carrying out talks or holding a stall at a local event to promote the work of Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

A spokesman for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance has emphasised the importance of Volunteer Week, which started on June 1 and runs until June 7.

The spokesman said: “Without our support crew, Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance would not be able to save the countless lives it does each and every year.

“We receive no Government or National Lottery funding and rely entirely on public donations and corporate support, therefore their contribution is vital and it is important to us as an organisation to recognise the hard work of our volunteers.

“We are currently on the lookout for new volunteers to join our support crew across the two counties and we’d love people to get involved with our great cause.

“Whether it’s for an hour a week or few days a month, whatever time people can afford to given to support our charity is greatly appreciated, and we’re sure we can find an exciting role to suit each individual’s interests”

For more information about the volunteering roles, or to register your interest in becoming a volunteer visit http://www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/get-involved/volunteering or call 08454 130999.