27th Jul, 2021

Virtual quiz to raise funds for Coventry charity which supports ambulance service staff

TRIVIA whizzes can test their knowledge at a virtual quiz this Friday, February 5, to raise funds for The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).

It starts at 8pm on Facebook Live and, although free to enter, people are asked to donate to the cause.

The Coventry-based charity, dedicated to caring for the UK’s ambulance staff, volunteers and their loved ones, has joined forces with the P.J Quiz Co to host the evening.

Jasmin Rana, TASC’s director of income generation, said: “This last year and the current lockdown are having a significant impact on so many of our lives and none more so than our ambulance service.

“We have seen the news coverage and have heard first-hand the strains and pressure they are under to ensure they are there for us.”

TASC has seen an increase in demand during the pandemic – from 2019 to 2020 TASC provided 55 per cent more interventions than the previous year and offered 3,000 support sessions to those who needed them, with mental health support accounting for 60 per cent of the sessions.

It recently increased its phoneline hours by 25 per cent.

The charity – reliant on voluntary donations – provides vital wellbeing services, such as counselling, physiotherapy and financial grants, to the UK’s lifesaving ambulance community.

Paul Jackson, founder of P.J Quiz Co said he was delighted to be hosting the quiz for such a fantastic cause supporting ambulance staff in their time of need.

“This will be a fun filled hour for all the family at a time where we all need a smile on our faces, I am proud to do my bit for all of our heroes”

Visit www.theasc.org.uk/donate to donate or text TASCQUIZ to 70450 to donate £5. Texts cost £5 plus one standard rate message.

Click here for the quiz livestream.

 

The help available for ambulance service staff

As part of the extended telephone hours, two more advisors have been taken on and a streamlined service provides a better service and greater accessibility.

To contact TASC, call 0800 1032 999.

Outside of the main hours, people can leave a message and a TASC team member will call them back.

Email TASC’s Wellbeing Support Team at: support@theasc.org.uk or visit www.theasc.org.uk/gethelp for more

Alternatively, visit theasc.org.uk/apply-for-support and download a form to ask for help.

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