Lifesaving air ambulance charity thanks dedicated volunteering duo
Saying thank you is the theme of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) when charities and organisations celebrate the unpaid work done by millions of volunteers across the UK.
Volunteers are the heartbeat of The Air Ambulance Service’s charity. It could not operate its 24/7 frontline services and continue to save lives without the support of its dedicated volunteers – such as siblings Josie and Roy Moore.
Josie from Warwickshire and Roy from Leicestershire are siblings who volunteer for The Air Ambulance Service in both their local counties.
The duo participate in tin collections, regularly attend stalls and bucket collections, and also organise their own events – which have brought in over £34,000.
“After retiring, I felt I needed to do something worthwhile in my spare time. Another brother of mine was a keen air ambulance supporter and only days before his death, he had suggested I do a Christmas Raffle at his local Club for the worthy charity – which is how my volunteering began,” says Josie.
This year they have plans in motion for an Outdoor Concert, Christmas Party, and a fantastic event planned at the Civic Hall in Bedworth in April 2022.
Although Josie and Roy had the good fortune of never needing the vital services of their local air ambulance, they choose to continuously support the charity as it has such a positive and profound impact in the Warwickshire and Leicestershire communities.
“Since becoming a Volunteer in March 2016, I have been involved with so many volunteering activities which I have enjoyed immensely. As well as keeping me busy, knowing that I have been involved in raising enough money to fund 20 plus missions, is extremely rewarding,” adds Josie.
Josie and Roy – along with all The Air Ambulance Service’s volunteers – will be celebrated and thanked by the charity during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, for the invaluable contribution made to charity.
Community Fundraising Executive for the charity Laura Sage says:
“We are so grateful for all the hard work that Josie and Roy have put in. They’re both so passionate about our charity and are a pleasure to work with.
“They’ve enthusiastically supported us and the funds that they’ve raised have helped to fund our lifesaving services – Thank you to Josie and Roy for the commitment and dedication.”
Head of Volunteering for the charity, Sue Haslett adds:
“This Volunteers’ Week, The Air Ambulance Service is celebrating the fantastic contribution of all our volunteers, like Josie and Roy.
“Our volunteers help in a variety of different ways across the charity, whether they’re raising funds out in the community, supporting in our offices or warehouse, delivering projects, or helping in our shops – every hour that they give makes a difference.
“We couldn’t operate without them and I’d like to say a big thank you to Josie and Roy, and to each and every other volunteer for their ongoing support which helps us to save lives.”
The Air Ambulance Service want to provide volunteers with a fulfilling and satisfying experience that comes with a range of benefits including new skills, increased confidence, friendships and the opportunity to make a difference to people in need.