Community Events

Our Supporter Thank Yous – July

Summer is well underway and although June was a classic British start to the season with rain, rain and more rain, July has proven to be slightly more promising with sunshine and heatwaves. Lucky for us, this has meant our supporters have done some fantastic work to help us help those who truly need us. Here’s a big thank you to everyone involved in this month’s fundraising;

DHL International (UK) Telesales

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance would like to say a huge thank you to DHL International (UK) Telesales who, as a department, have donated a tremendous £9,738.56 for us over the last year. They have had a great time raising the money too, splitting into 7 teams and having monthly competitions to see who could raise the most money and have held events such as Sponsored Walks, Bingo, Cake Sales, Raffles, Tombola’s, Wolf Runs, Games and a 5 mile Run.

The total raised through the fundraising was £8,538.56. However, they applied for a DHL match it donation, where DHL will give a maximum of £1,200 on top of the money raised. They were delighted to receive the full £1,200, which took the total to £9,738.56.

We are incredibly grateful for all of their support.

McLaughlin & Harvey Construction Ltd

DLRAA would like to say a huge thank you to McLaughlin and Harvey Construction Ltd for their generous donation of £1,000.
Bryan Meenan, project manager at McLaughlin and Harvey, was looking for a local charity to work in partnership with. They are currently developing the new UPS hub at East Midlands Airport. Bryan saw some aerial shots of the hub that our crew took on the way back from a mission that we posted on our Twitter page. He loved the images and the because of the photos and the fact that we are currently working in partnership with UPS on some other events, they decided to choose our charity for their incredible gesture.

Towcester Community Safety Fun Day

Thank you to those who came to Towcester Communirrt Safety Fun Day and visited our stand offering advice and promoting the work of the WNAA. We managed to raise £70 on the day and made many contacts.

The Lord Mayor of Higham Ferrers

Thank you to The Lord Mayor of Higham Ferrers, Jason Smithers, who has chosen us as his charity of the year and has donated £1750 to us, you generosity means so much.

Also, thank you very much to Stuart King for accepting the donation on our behalf.

Etwall Women’s Fellowship

Community volunteer John Bown gave a talk to the Etwall Women’s Fellowship, who then adopted Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland as their nominated Charity of the Year.John collected a cheque for £1635.77 and we can’t thank them enough for the amazing amount raise.

Smalley WI members

Smalley WI members presented Richard & Grace Fletcher Volunteer Derbyshire Community Representatives for DLRAA, with the money at their meeting in Church Hall on Main Road in Smalley. The donation was made following a talk presented by Richard on The Air Ambulance Service. The members decided to raise some money for us over the past 12 months and with merchandise sales from the night the total raised was £327.11

Braunston Historic Narrowboat Rally & Canal Festival

Thank you to everyone who came to visit our stand at this event where we raised over £200. It was one of the hottest days of the year and we thoroughly enjoyed the day.

Joanne Flint

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance are saying a big thank you to Joanne Flint , for raising £577.23 for our own vital services and £577.23 to The Nightingale Macmillan Unit patients fund (NMU).

The donation came through holding a Grand Charity Concert at the beautiful St Mary’s Church in Wirksworth on 22nd June 2019. Côr Meibion Colwyn (Colwyn Male Voice Choir) provided a truly amazing concert.

We would like to thank all the visitors for the generosity and fantastic support they have given, and a very special thank you to Côr Meibion Colwyn (Colwyn Male Voice Choir) Tudor Eames Musical Director & Richard Hibbs Accompanist, from the very first note it was the purest of male harmony a truly spellbinding memorable evening thank you.

Heather’s – Matlock Bath

We want to say a big thank you to Heather’s for raising £105.45.

Heather invited Belper & Matlock District Volunteers Group to have a bucket collection at the Grand Opening of her new business venture. Grace & Julie Fletcher Derbyshire Community Representatives for DLRAA, braved the June heatwave in North Parade in Matlock Bath.

Historic Rally Car Club

Members of the Historic Rally Car Club once again presented Community Volunteer Janet Framp with a cheque for £250.00. They are great fans of DLRAA and we can’t thank them enough for their continuous support.

Wildgoose Construction

DLRAA would like to say a huge thank you to Wildgoose Construction. Wildgoose have supported us over a number of years and one of their employees, Josh Mee, undertook the mammoth challenge of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise funds for DLRAA. Through sheer hard work and determination and with the amazing support from his colleagues and sponsors, he was able to raise an impressive £5,856.58.

All of us at DLRAA would like to say a huge thank you to Josh and all at Wildgoose for their continued support and also to the sponsors of this challenge; Rude Health, Arc Mechanical and Electrical, Keyline, Markovitz Ltd and Hawksmoor.


DLRAA would like to say thank you to AECOM, who are looking after the build of the new UPS hub at East Midlands Airport. After seeing the aerial photos of the new hub that we provided to McLaughlin and Harvey Construction Ltd, Owen Mullen at AECOM wanted to show his appreciation and offered us a fantastic £500 donation.

Clay Cross Rotary 

Our Community Volunteer Louise Grimadell popped along to see the Rotary Club at Clay Cross to be presented by member, Sally Jackson, with cheque for £500. This amount is a great contribution to helping our service and we’re immensely grateful for those who helped to raise these funds.

Judith Hind – Tea Party

Our Community Volunteer Linda Elkin popped along to see Judith Hind at her Tea Party raising funds for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, where she was presented with £241.00. Thank you to Judith and everyone who attended for raising this amount that will make a difference.

Kenny Rogers Beard Shave

Something that started off as a bet in the pub, turned in to a phenomenal fundraising effort. Kenny Rogers has grown his beard for a whole year, and then had it shaved off at The Bell Inn Gumley who hosted the event for him – it involved an auction (of wax strips) and bucket collections on the night.

The final amount raised is currently over £4300 which is amazing and we can’t thank everyone involved enough, especially Kenny.

Tata Steel

Stacey Randall attended a meeting with Marion at Tata Steel in Corby, where she completed a cheque presentation for a wonderful recent donation of £5,000 to The Air Ambulance Service.

The monies were donated by the members of the Corby Employee Benevolent Scheme which has now ended.  The Scheme has been in existence for several decades and was originally set up to support employees in times of illness.  Due to the support employees now receive from the Company, this scheme is no longer a necessity.

A massive Thank you to all who contributed to this wonderful donation.

Liz Granby and Theresa Jennison

DLRAA would like to say a huge thank you to Liz Granby and Theresa Jennison, who have raised a fantastic £3,100 for us with a 96 mile walk.
Liz and Theresa were wondering what they could do to raise money for us and decided that a sponsored walk would be a great idea. They set themselves a fundraising target of £500 and mapped their route, beginning at Milngavie in Scotland and finishing at Fort William. The walk took 7 days, and they walked a total of 14 miles a day.
The response to their fundraising efforts was amazing and they massively exceeded their £500 target, bringing in an incredible £3,100.
Liz and Theresa would like to express thanks to Tim Bradwell, Phil Granby, The Castle Hotel and to Doreen Wood, who did the important job of providing them with tea and flapjacks. They would also like to thank everybody who donated and supported them.
All of us at DLRAA are grateful to you all for your support.

Rebecca Truman – Swimathon 

Rebecca Truman witnessed our crew attending to a medical emergency. Watching them assisting the patient was something she found incredibly inspirational and Rebecca decided that she wanted to raise money for us through some fundraising. Last year the children at the 2 sports centres Rebecca teaches at did a sponsored swim, and this year they did it again. Due to Rebecca’s experience in seeing us first hand, they decided to make us one of the 3 chosen charities that would benefit from the money raised.

Over 100 children took part in the swim and between them they raised an incredible £4,966.87. This was shared between 3 charities, meaning DLRAA received a superb £1,709.98, which covers the cost of a mission.

We are very grateful to be one of the chosen charities and are very grateful to all of the children that took part, and the instructors that arranged the event.

Hazelwood Crown Green Bowls Club

Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance are saying a big thank you to Hazelwood Bowls Club, for raising £411.00  for our vital services

The donation was made when the club members decided to raise some money for us at their annual charity invitation day on 14th July 2019, at their club on Over Lane in Hazelwood.

We are grateful to all of you for your support.

Melton Mowbray Bobbin Lace Group

When the group first decided to support a charity, various suggestions were made by members, but Group Leader, Marilyn put forward to support The Air Ambulance Service as she feels passionate about what we do and has supported the charity for over 5 years.  The money was raised at their annual “Lace Day” where people pay to attend their workshops and create exquisite pieces of work.
Thank you to everyone that’s been involved and helped to raise this amazing amount.


£1040 was raised by ATEC holding a karting event. All 26 of the teams that took part in the karting were from Motorsport companies and all know how important the Air Ambulance can be if anyone is involved in an accident at a race circuit. Thank you to everyone involved.

Matthew Godsell and his friend Craig Sephton

Congratulations – and a big thank you – to Matthew Godsell (left) and his friend Craig Sephton who took part in the Bosworth Triathlon and raised £855 for WNAA as a way of thanking the charity for airlifting Matthew’s dad Paul.

Paul was seriously injured when his motorcycle was involved in a collision with a motor home. You can read his patient story here:

Sinfin Running Club

DLRAA would like to thank Sinfin running club. For three consecutive years, Sinfin Running Club have allowed us to have a stall and bucket collection at the Sinfin 10k run. We received £300 from this from the generous public who attended the run.

We would like to express thanks to Sinfin running club for their support and allowing us to have a presence at their annual 10k event.