Buxton boutique charity store celebrates funding over 600 lifesaving missions
Your local air ambulance boutique charity store is celebrating funding more than 600 lifesaving missions for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), as the charity celebrates 15 years of vital service.
The boutique charity store opened its doors on 24 October 2014 and is situated near Ashwood Park in the heart of Buxton, offering a range of new and preloved goods for sale. Over the past nine years the charity store has generated an incredible £1,108,500.24 funding more than 600 lifesaving missions – ensuring the charity can continue saving lives in Derbyshire and further afield.
The store has received 35,468 bags of donated goods but continues to require support from the local community with further donations of new and preloved items, as these provide vital income for the charity.
Funding from the charity’s store provides an invaluable source of income for this vital service, relying entirely on donations to raise the £1,700 needed for each rescue mission – as the charity receives no government or National Lottery funding. It keeps the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance crews on the frontline, delivering pre-hospital critical care to those who need it most.
Store Manager Michele Norcup said: “We would like to thank everyone in the local community for their support over the last nine years. Without this support our lifesaving missions in Derbyshire and further afield wouldn’t be possible.”
“We still rely on the local community’s support with donations of pre-loved items such as bric-a-brac, clothing and toys to keep our crews flying 24/7, 365 days per year,” she added.
The charity is celebrating 50,000 missions and its 15th anniversary of providing its lifesaving service across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland in 2023 and is encouraging people to visit a charity store and grab a bargain, donate unwanted clothing to one of many clothing banks, get involved in a challenge event, fundraise, or even sign up to volunteer.
For more information, please visit: www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or call 0300 3045 999.