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Leicestershire volunteer raises vital funds to support charity’s lifesaving missions

Ally Parker, a volunteer for The Air Ambulance Service’s (TAAS) Community Fundraising Team in Leicestershire has raised vital funds to support the lifesaving missions of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

On 16 December 2023 Ally held a black-tie event at Rushcliffe Golf Club, welcoming 115 guests. The evening included a three-course traditional Christmas dinner, games, photo quiz, magician, raffle, a DJ to get the party going, and a live band.

Local businesses donated many of the raffle prizes for the evening and the live band, Pitch Invasion, even gave up their time to play at the event with no charge. The event was a resounding success, raising an amazing total of £2,430 for the lifesaving charity.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended my black-tie charity event and for giving so generously on the evening. A special thank you must also go to everyone who donated a raffle prize, to the magician, the DJ and Pitch Invasion – who so generously attended the evening for free,” said Ally Parker, volunteer in Leicestershire.

“We raised an incredible amount to support the lifesaving missions of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and I am proud to say we raised enough to help the crew save another precious life,” he added.

Within minutes, DLRAA’s critical care crews can be on the ground delivering pre-hospital emergency care and giving patients the very best chance of survival – this vital service relies entirely on donations to raise the £2,300 needed for each rescue mission, as the charity receives no government or National Lottery funding.

Julie Gray, the charity’s Community Fundraising Executive for Leicestershire said:

“On behalf of the charity I would like to say thank you to Ally for the great event he put on to support our charity. Our volunteers provide vital support in various areas across the charity, and we couldn’t continue to fund our lifesaving missions without them.”

“Without support like this from the local community our charity wouldn’t be able to continue to provide pre-hospital critical care to those who need it most, 24/7, 365 days a year,” she added.

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