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EMAS supports Air Ambulance Week

East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is backing a new fundraising campaign raising money for Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) and their sister service Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

The two organisations work closely together on a daily basis. Most missions that DLRAA and WNAA fly sees the air ambulance crew working with paramedics and clinicians from EMAS. Their teamwork helps save lives every day.

Because they work so closely together, EMAS knows how vital the air ambulance can be. That’s why it’s supporting DLRAA and WNAA’s annual Air Ambulance Week.

Dr Bob Winter, Medical Director at EMAS, said: “EMAS and their local air ambulances work together every day, so we are delighted to support them during their first Air Ambulance Week. Thanks to our teamwork and the generous support of their local communities, we save hundreds of lives every year.”

DLRAA and WNAA want to paint the town yellow by giving out their bright badges in exchange for donations this September. From 21st to 27th September, supporters all over Derbyshire will be raising funds and awareness of their lifesaving service.

But to make the event a success, they need more volunteers to give an hour and help save a life. They urgently need supporters in Chesterfield and Castle Donington to sign up now.

Critical care paramedic for DLRAA, Steve Dick, who will be giving out badges during Air Ambulance Week himself, said: “Every mission we attend relies on amazing teamwork. We’re very grateful to EMAS for supporting our latest campaign. As our service doesn’t receive any government funding, we’re kept flying by the incredible support of our local communities – and this September we really need help to fill up the last of our spots.”

Other slots across Derbyshire are also available. Check to find the closest one to you, or call 08454 130999.

Every mission costs approximately £1,700 and on average we attend six rescue missions a day.

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