The Air Ambulance Service, which operates the helicopters that cover Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, have this week announced that they have carried out over 37,500 missions since they launched in 2003. The charity, which has changed beyond all recognition since it started out, operate 2 helicopters and a series of rapid response vehicles and attend an average of 6 incidents per day. They have some of the busiest motorway networks in the country to cover but have an average response time of just 13 minutes.
In 2019, the charity aims to provide 24-hour cover across the counties it covers. This will be done via a combination of its helicopters and Rapid Response Vehicles, but this will only be possible through the generous donations of the public they serve.
Tower Lotteries have been working with The Air Ambulance Service since 2008 and have recruited every member currently playing their weekly draw. This now totals over 70,000 and generates in excess of £2.5m a year for the charity, which almost single-handedly pays to operate one of the helicopters. The number of playing members continues to grow week-on-week, which allows the charity to budget on this income arriving and plan accordingly.
If you are interested in fundraising for The Air Ambulance Service, contact Mark Sullivan on 07977 841206.