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Bakewell charity store calls for winter donations to fund lifesaving missions

Your local air ambulance Bakewell charity store in Derbyshire opened its doors on 06 June 2011, selling high-quality new and pre-loved items to fund lifesaving missions for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Since opening 11 years ago, the store has generated an astounding £1,403,615.81 worth of sales for the charity. Incredibly this has funded more than 800 lifesaving missions throughout Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and further afield – ensuring that more lives can continue to be saved with the crew’s pre-hospital critical care.

The local store has received 28,233 bags of donated goods, but they are calling on the local community to give the gift of support this winter and to donate books and as many items of winter clothing as possible, including knitwear and coats, as these donations provide vital income for the charity.

Funding from the charity’s retail store provides an invaluable source of income for the lifesaving service as it keeps the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland crews on the frontline 24/7, 365 days a year.

DLRAA’s Bakewell Store Manager Sam said, “The support we have been given by the local community over the past 11 years has played a vital role in helping to save lives and we couldn’t do it without them.”

“We receive no government funding so rely on your support to keep our service operational. At this time of year, support from our local community is so important and we’re asking as many as possible to donate their new or preloved winter clothing, including knitwear and coats. Together with these donations, we are ensuring everyone can stay warm this Christmas and that the lifesaving missions of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance crews are possible.”

The charity is celebrating its 15th anniversary of lifesaving service across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland in 2023. To get involved please visit: or call 0300 3047 999.