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Coventry Business drives donations for local lifesaving charity

Coventry Business drives donations for local lifesaving charity

The team at Coventry-based RSK held a “donation drive” in a bid to raise vital funds for the local Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNNA).

Since its establishment in 1989, RSK has always emphasised the importance of contributing to their local communities, wherever they operate.

“It is important to us that we support charities within our local community, and our team were keen to donate to WNAA as it’s such an important service to support,” explained RSK Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability Coordinator Bayan Golmohamad.

With the pandemic forcing the charity to temporarily close its shop doors – impacting vital donations – the innovative team at RSK decided to run a “donation drive” asking the public to donate clothing and household items.

The collection ran for just over three months – ending in late March – with an astonishing 110 bags and 25 boxes of pre-loved or unwanted good-quality items donated to the local air ambulance store in Cheylesmore.

These donations are vital to the charity, as they help to raise the essential funds needed to keep the 24/7 frontline service attending lifesaving missions in the helicopter and critical care car – providing integral support to the NHS.

“A huge thank you to my colleagues Tina Geddes and Jenny Staley who kindly facilitated this remarkable collection and to all those who generously contributed,” added Bayan.

Appreciative of the brilliant donation, WNAA Community Fundraising Executive Lee Bunting added:

“When I spoke with Bayan at RSK last year, we discussed how the team could get involved in supporting the charity out in the community – but with the country moving in and out of lockdowns, and many events postponed and cancelled, it became increasingly difficult.

“Our chain of stores also being closed throughout the pandemic had a huge impact financially and in terms of donated goods which help us raise those vital funds.

“RSK’s collection drive was a fantastic idea and the result is nothing short of phenomenal, and on behalf of the charity and our Cheylesmore store, I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to everyone who supported the initiative and donated.”

All the charity’s stores re-opened on 12 April in line with government guidelines and welcome supporters back to shop safely with them again.

For anyone wishing to find out more on how to get involved and support the lifesaving service, please click here.