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Charity donation drive-in days fund lifesaving mission

Charity donation drive-in days fund lifesaving mission

Two drive-in donation days organised by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) have funded a lifesaving mission for the vital charity.

The charity held two days – one at its Blue Skies House HQ in Rugby, and the other at the charity’s Daventry Warehouse – where 48 people attended, generously donating their preloved or unwanted goods.

Amidst the great donations of textiles and bric-a-brac was the donation of a games compendium which will go onto the charity’s eBay site for sale, with the other items helping the charity fill its portfolio of 56 charity stores across the country.

With no government funding and relying solely on generous donations to remain operational, income from the donation drive-ins enables the charity to operate and reach those in their hour of need.

Over two days, the textiles and bric-a-brac donations equated to £1,825 for the lifesaving charity, diverting over 1,720kg away from landfill.

“We were overwhelmed with the tremendous support shown to us by the local community both at our Daventry and Rugby donation drive-in days. We have facilities in both these locations and the display of local spirit was resounding,” expressed WNAA Business Support Manager, Liz Kelly.

“The amount donated to us will help to support our lifesaving service. With the public’s help, we have managed to divert a significant number of unwanted items from landfill and we will be back again, and this time will be bigger and better, so please follow our social media channels to keep updated,” she added.

The charity offers a variety of reuse services, from being the first UK charity to offer a full closed-loop recycling service, offering IT Asset Reuse and data wiping services and free home collections of preloved items, to supplying over 1,000 recycling banks nationwide – diverting over 1.6million tonnes a year from landfill – the charity is making strides in driving sustainability.

The charity is celebrating its 20th anniversary of frontline service across Warwickshire and Northamptonshire this year and is encouraging the public to continue supporting it to help save more lives.