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Local charity store celebrates funding over 600 lifesaving missions

Your local air ambulance charity store in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is celebrating twelve years of funding lifesaving missions for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Situated on Castle Street, in Hinckley town centre, the charity store opened its doors on 8 April 2011 and over the past 12 years has generated a fantastic £1,108,890.02 worth of sales for the charity – funding over 600 lifesaving missions throughout Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and further afield.

The store has received 46,678 bags of donated goods but continues to require support from the local community with further donations of new and preloved items, as these provide vital income for the charity.

Funding from the charity’s retail store provides an invaluable source of income for this vital service. It keeps the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance crews on the frontline 24/7, 365 days a year, delivering pre-hospital critical care to those who need it most.

The service’s crews can be on the ground within minutes helping to deliver lifesaving care and giving patients the very best chance of survival – so the dedicated support from its local supporters has been and continues to be greatly appreciated by the charity.

Hinckley Store Manager, Samantha Hardy said:

“We would like to thank each and every member of the local community who has supported us over the past twelve years and helped to fund over 600 lifesaving missions. We rely on this support to keep our helicopters flying as we receive no government funding.”

“We rely on our local community’s support with donations of pre-loved items such as bric-a-brac, clothing and toys to keep our vital missions possible and keep our crews delivering pre-hospital critical care 24/7, 365 days per year,” she expressed.

The charity is celebrating its 15th anniversary of providing its lifesaving service across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland in 2023. To help the charity mark this momentous milestone and support it so its missions can continue, why not visit a charity store and grab a bargain, donate unwanted clothing to one of many clothing banks, get involved in a challenge event, fundraise, or even sign up to volunteer.

For more information or to get involved please visit: or call 0300 3045 999.