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Air Ambulance Week: Even an hour can make a real difference

First time bucket collector Ann Wright had such a good time volunteering during last year’s Air Ambulance Week that she has signed up to help out again this September.

“It was an absolute blast and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Most people gave money without being asked. It was amazing how many had a connection with the air ambulance and told me their story. It completely affirmed the importance of the work that the charity does and how it impacts on the lives of so many local people,” she says.

Ann, a retired admin worker from Dunchurch, near Rugby will be donning the yellow air ambulance tabard and shaking her collection bucket three times during this year’s Air Ambulance Week.

She is looking forward to returning twice to Wyevale Garden Centre on the outskirts of Rugby, where she enjoyed talking to shoppers last year, and also collecting at the town’s branch of Sainsbury’s.

Air Ambulance Week is one of the biggest fundraising events of the year for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Ann said: “In my experience when people see you are collecting for the local air ambulance charity they are very pleased to make a donation. They like the fact it is a local charity, the money is for the benefit of people in the area and anybody might need to be rescued by the helicopter one day. It isn’t difficult or awkward to ask people for money – most give it as soon as they see the yellow bucket.”

“I can really recommend helping out during Air Ambulance Week. It is really enjoyable, you meet new people and by taking part in a street collection for just an hour you can make a real difference to the charity, which receives no government funding,” she adds.

As well as helping out with street collections, Ann raises money for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with her friends at the Dunchurch Pantomime Group and Dunchurch Village Festival Group. They ask audiences to make a donation to the charity at the end of their shows and have raised a significant amount of money over the years.

The second ever Air Ambulance Week appeal takes place in September and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance needs the public’s help to make it a great success.

We’re looking for volunteers to come forward now for this major appeal which runs from September 17 to September 25. All we need is for people to give us an hour of their time to help save a life.

Members of the public can help us in all sorts of ways. By volunteering you would be helping us carry out more rescue missions – each of these costs £1,700 to fly and we need your help as we get no government funding.

Last year the first ever local air ambulance week raised a phenomenal £25,000 and this year we’re looking to do even better.

Get involved as a volunteer during Air Ambulance Week by clicking here or call 08454 130999* to find out more. You can also email

About 18% of our rescue missions are to medical emergencies.

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