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Mayor of the West Midlands visits lifesaving charity

West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, recently visited The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) with his Senior Advisor to speak with the vital charity’s reuse team.

Andy Street took the time out of his busy schedule to visit the charity’s Coventry Airbase, where he was shown around the base, met the frontline crew, and learnt more about the vital service it provides across its counties and further afield.

The poignant purpose of Andy’s visit was to meet with the charity’s reuse team – Head of Reuse Harry Sirpal and Business Support Manager Liz Kelly – as the duo wanted to explore the opportunities available to work collaboratively with Andy on local reuse matters.

“Recycling, when done correctly, is one of the easiest ways to make a positive change to the environment. With our aim to divert waste going into landfills, along with Andy’s passion on sustainability and prestigious position across the West Midlands, we wanted to see how he could help further the charity with its reuse plans,” says TAAS Head of Reuse Harry Sirpal.

The lifesaving charity – which operates the local Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, and the national Children’s Air Ambulances -is in a bid to help build a more sustainable future, eliminating unwanted items reaching landfills.

There are many ways available to support the charity’s sustainability by donating and diverting good quality pre-loved items from landfill via the charity’s donation banks and new indoor clothing banks. Businesses can also benefit from the charity’s IT Asset Reuse collection and data wiping service for donated IT equipment.

“We were delighted to invite Andy Street to base to see our lifesaving service first-hand and we thank him for the opportunity to discuss our reuse plans,” said TAAS Business Support Manager, Liz Kelly.

“We would be delighted for community spaces across the West Midlands, education establishments and businesses to support us and get in contact if they would like to host a collection unit to support our lifesaving service,” she added.