Dispatch is calling on our caring readers to dig deep and play a massive part in helping the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance to keep on taking to the skies.
We have teamed up with the life-saving charity to launch a huge £300,000 fundraising appeal to help the dedicated team of paramedics save up to 300 lives across Nottinghamshire over the next 12 months.
This amazing campaign follows on from our success in helping to raise £750,000 for a brand new MRI scanner at King’s Mill Hospital.
We are now urging businesses, residents and fundraising groups to continuing their fantastic work and help give our community another massive boost.
Jim Vickrage, fundraiser for the service, described the life-changing campaign as tremendous news and said it would be ‘one of the biggest donations’ they had ever received.
“We try to keep costs down to a minimum and a lot of our staff are volunteers,” said Jim.
“When people donate money it is spent on what they want it to be spent on and that is saving lives. This campaign will give our service a massive boost and help us to support our new night flying operations. The money will help put the charity in a great position. We are mainly funded by public donations and we really need the support of people out their to help us do our job.
“As a service we are being called out more and more often and it is key that we have the necessary funding.
“We are often called out to the A38 and M1 in the Mansfield and Ashfield area. There are also a lot of rural rounds around this area and so this is an important part of the work that we do. Mansfield is one of the largest areas in our patch and very important to us. We really need the Mansfield and Ashfield public to get behind this campaign.”
Each mission costs Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance service £1,000. The service. which first began operations in Lincolnshire in April 1994, currently carries out in the region of 300 rescue operations in Nottinghamshire each year.
The charity is based at RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln, and unaffected by road congestion, country roads, or road works, the Helicopter can reach any destination in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire in just 19 minutes.
Donations can be made
Donations can be made by cheque, made payable to LNAACT Dispatch campaign and sent to Unit 2 Chase Park, Daleside Road, Nottingham, NG2 4GT. Card payments can be made by calling 01522 548 469 using Dispatch campaign as your reference.
If you have a fundraising story or can help our campaign in any way, contact Stephen Thirkill on 01623 450292, via Twitter @StephenThirkill or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have a message of support for our campaign, get in touch via Twitter using the hashtag #AirAppeal