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New local air ambulance superstore is now open

New local air ambulance superstore is now open

Your local air ambulance has opened its doors to its newest superstore, The Hanger, and Landing Pad café in the heart of Melton Mowbray – which will raise vital funds for the lifesaving service.

The charity – which provides leading pre-hospital critical care across Leicestershire and further afield – transformed a former Countrywide Farmers shop and officially “landed” in Melton Mowbray today, 19 November.

The grand opening was attended by the local Mayor, Cllr Peter Faulkner, and the Lady Mayoress, Mrs Elaine Faulkner, former patient Howard Singer, and members of the air ambulance team and crew.

Visitors and guests had the opportunity to have a look around the superstore and shop the extensive range of new and pre-loved homeware, furniture, clothing, electricals, living, and brand-new white goods. The superstore also currently offers brands such as Frenchic Furniture Paint and limited stock from Jack Wills.

The Landing Pad café was also opened, where shoppers took a break from browsing and securing bargains to enjoy a selection of hot and cold beverages and delicious cakes.

Gemma Ingram, Head of Retail for the charity, said: “It is so great to see so many people from the local community attend in support of our superstore opening today.

“The success of our store is vital as the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from the public and retail income to keep saving lives.

“Shopping in a charity shop is experience shopping,” explained Gemma. “Customers love the thrill of not knowing what they will find, and we want to make that experience last longer by offering a wider choice with a fantastic, safe, and friendly environment.”

The great occasion also included a flyover by the DLRAA, and commenting on the importance of the service, former local patient Howard Singer who’s “lucky to be alive” after being seriously injured when his motorbike collided with a tractor said:

“I am very grateful for what the air ambulance crew did for me. I believe it’s the reason I am here today. I feel they saved my life. If it wasn’t for them and the lady who gave me first aid before the helicopter arrived, I don’t think I would be here today, so I do urge people to visit the superstore and support this vital charity.”

The superstore comes off the back of the launch earlier this year of two brand new replacement helicopters for the lifesaving charity as it continues to provide its vital emergency service across the county and beyond.

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. It urges supporters to visit the superstore not only to shop but to also donate items using their in-store donation station.