3rd Dec, 2016

Air ambulance charity urges Coventry residents to sign up this volunteer week

Shaun Reynolds 6th Jun, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

WARWICKSHIRE and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is urging people of Coventry to sign up for a ‘mission’ during volunteer week to help raise funds for their lifesaving services.

Running until Sunday (June 12), the ‘On A Mission for a Mission’ initiative has been launched so members of the public can play a vital role in keeping the charity’s helicopters flying.

The charity, which receives no government funding, has to fork out approximately £1,700 for each mission it runs.

Volunteers are being asked to sign up for an allocated number of hours of voluntary work to raise funds to provide the equipment, fuel, doctors and paramedics needed to keep the air ambulance service operational.

This can be anything from two hours – which pays for a pelvic splint – to 68 hours to fund the cost of a single lifesaving mission.

Fundraising coordinator Charlotte Jolliffe said: “Donating your time is surprisingly simple, flexible and fun.

“By doing it you can gain skills, make friends and – at the same time – help save lives.

“The missions we are setting for Volunteer Week can be completed on your own, with a group of family or friends or at work with colleagues.”

Visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/shopping if you are interested in getting involved with Volunteer Week and help out the local Air Ambulance charity.