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Air Ambulance Week raises £30,000

Our high-profile Air Ambulance Week campaign has raised more than £30,000 towards our vital services.

We held collections at dozens of locations during the awareness week in September, handing out our special yellow cross pin badges in exchange for donations.

The generous response from the public across Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland was incredible – beating the amount raised in last year’s campaign by £5,000.

Collette Richardson, fundraising manager for Derbyshire, Leicester & Rutland Air Ambulance, said: “’The generosity of people was fantastic and the response we got on the streets from the public was amazing.

“I would also like to thank all the volunteers who gave up their time to help with the collections. We couldn’t have done it without them. It was only the second year the campaign has been organised but it is going from strength to strength and will continue to develop each year.”

The total amount raised (£30,460) will go towards both our local air ambulance services.

Volunteers answered our plea for people to come forward to help with the collections and former patients shared their stories to spread the word about our lifesaving work. Air Ambulance Week ran from September 17 to September 25.

It costs about £36 for enough aviation fuel to fly for 10 minutes.

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