Former Mayor of Nuneaton helps local lifesaving air ambulance charity
The former Mayor of Nuneaton & Bedworth, Jeffrey Clark, has presented a cheque for a whopping £41,110.00 to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA), to support its lifesaving missions, as the charity achieves 20 years of lifesaving service.
This amazing amount was raised throughout 2022-2023 during Jeff’s time in office, alongside his daughter, Mayoress Mrs Sarah Etienne as they had chosen the local service as their charity of the year to support due to Sarah working for the Police service and has witnessed their pre-hospital critical care first-hand.
Jeff and Sarah enlisted the help of Josie Moore ‘dubbed Mrs Air Ambulance of Nuneaton’ and her fantastic team of volunteers – Lella Gascoigne, Mervyn Lawrence, Roy Moore, Linda Moore and Ray Moore to support them during their term in office.
The initial target for the year was to raise £12,000 – £1,000 a month. Pretty soon they realised they were going to comfortably surpass this figure after hitting an incredible £25,000.
They raised the funds through a variety of events such as – an ABBA tribute night, quizzes, stalls, raising funds at the Nuneaton Annual Fair, Sarah’s husband Mark Etienne, who is a British Transport Officer, took part in a charity walk around Nuneaton, as well as a donation of £5,000 from Smyth’s Toys Superstore – a fantastic contribution to the Mayor’s appeal.
“We would like to thank the all the people across Nuneaton & Bedworth for their generous donations, which has helped us raise such a large amount and will help keep the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance operating,” said Cllr Jeffrey Clarke.
“We would also like to thank Josie and her team who were out in all weathers providing support and without question were vital in helping us to achieve this fantastic sum of money for the lifesaving charity,” he added.
The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew are available 24/7, 365 days per year, providing lifesaving pre-hospital care to those who need it the most. The charity receives no government or NHS funding and relies solely on generous donations from its supporters to fund its vital missions – without this they wouldn’t be able to continue their lifesaving missions across Northamptonshire and further afield.
George May, Community Fundraising Executive, said: “We were really pleased to hear that Jeff Clark had chosen our charity as one of his charities of the year for 2022-2023, during his time as Mayor of Nuneaton.”
“We would like to thank Jeff, Sarah and everyone in Nuneaton who was involved in raising the incredible amount to support our lifesaving charity. Without the support from local communities our crew wouldn’t be able to continue saving lives in Warwickshire and further afield,” he expressed.
For more information on the charity, please visit: www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or call 0300 3045 999.