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Lifesaving air ambulance launches drive-in donation days

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance (WNAA) is encouraging local communities to regift preloved or unwanted goods to keep its crews saving lives by bringing donations to its drive-in donation days.

Approaching twenty years of service in 2023, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is saving lives across its counties and further afield. Its crew are available 24/7, 365 days a year to deliver lifesaving critical care at road traffic collisions, sports events, medical emergencies – such as cardiac arrest and accidents at home – and other incidents needing expert pre-hospital medical interventions.

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

The charity is hosting two drive-in days from 10am – 3pm, the first on Wednesday 25 January at Blue Skies House, Butlers Leap in Rugby, and the second on Saturday 28 January at its Daventry warehouse.

“Whether it’s unwanted gifts, items people no longer love, items that no longer fit, or simply haven’t worn, we want them – if someone wanted those items once, give us the chance to let someone else love them again,” said WNAA Business Support Manager, Liz Kelly.

The charity is encouraging its local and loyal supporters to donate clothes, shoes, accessories, bric-a -brac, toys and games, as well as electrical items such as PCs, laptops, mobile phones, tablets, and kindles.

For larger items such as furniture, the charity is asking people to follow the usual process by getting in touch to arrange a free collection.

“People’s unwanted and preloved items can help keep us continue our lifesaving work throughout the counties. Just book your slot and drop them off to us, we will be there on hand to help, and you don’t even need to worry about finding somewhere to park – it couldn’t be simpler,” added Liz.

To book a slot for the donation drive-in, the charity is asking people to contact them by emailing [email protected], or by calling its helpful team on 0300 3045 999.

For anyone wishing to find out more about the lifesaving service, please click here, or follow its social channels.