Local lifesaving charity store celebrates six years of trading
Your local air ambulance charity homeware store based in Oakham, Rutland, is celebrating six years trading, funding more than 900 lifesaving missions for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA), as the charity celebrates 15 years of vital service.
The Oakham homeware store is one of two DLRAA shops in Rutland, the other being the charity’s Oakham Boutique store. The homeware store opened on 09 June 2017, selling new and pre-loved homeware, furniture, electricals, and brand-new white goods.
Over the past six years the store has generated an incredible £1,613,459.78 worth of sales for the charity – funding more than 900 lifesaving missions throughout Rutland and further afield.
The store has also received 220,366 bags of generously donated goods, which have provided vital income for the charity, but they continue to require the support of the local community for further donations of new and preloved items.
The charity receives no funding from the government or National Lottery for its daily missions and relies entirely on donations to raise the £1,700 needed for each rescue mission, where the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance crews can be on the ground within minutes helping to deliver lifesaving care, to give the patients the very best chance of survival.
Store Manager, Heather Boam, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to the local community for all the support they have shown us over the last six years. Without their support we wouldn’t be able to continue to save lives across Rutland and further afield.”
“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 added.
The charity is celebrating 15 years of providing lifesaving service across Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, developing over the years into the leading provider of pre-hospital critical care it is today. 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.
To get involved please visit: www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or call 0300 3045 999.