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Alfreton charity superstore celebrates funding more than 2,000 lifesaving missions

Your local air ambulance’s charity superstore – The Hanger – and Landing Pad Café in Alfreton, Derbyshire, is celebrating funding more than 2,000 lifesaving missions for the local Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

The charity’s flagship superstore and café are situated in a retail park on Nottingham Road, Somercotes and opened just five years ago on 21 February 2019.

Over the past five years, the superstore has generated an astounding £4,005,326.02 worth of sales for the charity and £674,788.42 worth of sales in the café – funding more than 2,000 lifesaving missions – ensuring the charity can continue to deliver lifesaving care at road traffic collisions, sports events and industrial accidents, or for medical emergencies such as a cardiac arrest, stroke, or accidents in the home.

The store has received an incredible total of 308,024 donations of clothing, furniture and bric-a-brac since opening, but they continue to require support from the local community with further donations of new and preloved items, as these provide vital income for the charity.

Within minutes, DLRAA’s critical care crews can be on the ground delivering pre-hospital emergency care and giving patients the very best chance of survival – this vital service relies entirely on donations to raise the £2,300 needed for each rescue mission, as the charity receives no government or National Lottery funding.

In 2023 Alfreton superstore was the charity’s very first store to raise £1,000,000 in just a year, which is an amazing achievement.

Store Manager Tina Allen said: “We would like to thank everyone in the local community for their incredible support over the past five years. Together we have managed to achieve amazing things and have helped the charity to save countless lives in Derbyshire and further afield.”

“2023 was a particularly amazing year for us and we hope with the local community’s unwavering support we can smash the total this year and most importantly keep the helicopters flying and the crews providing pre-hospital critical care to those who need it most.” she added.

For more information, please visit: www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or call 0300 3045 999.