Stow-on-the-Wold charity store funds over 175 lifesaving missions
The national Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) store located in Stow-on-the-Wold is celebrating five years of helping to fund the lifesaving service for critically ill babies and children across the UK.
The store opened its doors in the beautiful Cotswolds town of Stow-on-the-Wold on 23 November 2017, selling both high-quality new and pre-loved items.
Over the last five years, the hardworking store team have generated £626,308.54 worth of sales for the charity, funding more than 150 vital missions and continuing to help save young lives across the country.
The charity store has received 15,338 bags of donated goods, which have provided vital income for the charity, but it continues to require the support of the local community for further donations of new and preloved items.
This vital service is changing the face of pediatric and neonatal care through the high-speed transfer of critically ill babies and children – flying them from one hospital to another for specialist care via the clinically designed helicopters which provide a flying intensive care unit for babies and children.
It gives babies and children the very best chance of survival and recovery, so funding from stores like the local Stow-on-the-Wold boutique is essential.
Store Manager Sarah-Anne said, “Myself and the team here would like to say a big thank you to everyone in the local community for their support over the last five years. We receive no government funding, so we rely on support such as this to fund our vital service for critically ill babies and children.”
“The winter stock is selling fast so we really would encourage as many as possible to continue to donate these important items to us.”
The charity is celebrating its 10th anniversary of lifesaving high-speed transfers in 2023. To help mark the momentous milestone the charity is asking for supporters to send in any photos, footage or clippings, or share their stories to help showcase how well the children’s service has developed over the years into the pioneering transfer service it is today. To get involved please visit www.childrensairambulance.org.uk or call 0300 3047 999.