Call to help during Air Ambulance Week

Critical care paramedic Steve Dick with one of the badges EMN-150722-142517001

Critical care paramedic Steve Dick with one of the badges EMN-150722-142517001

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Volunteers are being called to join a critical care paramedic in painting the town yellow to raise awareness of the first Air Ambulance Week.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance critical care paramedic Steve Dick will be giving an hour of his time on September 26 to help raise awareness of the air ambulance during their first ever Air Ambulance Week celebration. He’s urging supporters to join him in painting the town yellow.

The charity’s crew, staff, and supporters from the community are taking to the streets to show off their support of their local air ambulance by wearing a yellow pin badge. From September 21 to 27, they’ll be handing out thousands of yellow pin badges in exchange for donations during the Air Ambulance Week.

Steve said: “Although I face challenging situations every day, this is a really different one for me, but I know how important it is to raise awareness.

“Our service carried out nearly 1,000 missions last year – that’s about three missions every single day. But we couldn’t do that without our supporters. We don’t receive any government funding, and each mission costs around £1,700. That’s why I’ll be out there this September, come rain or shine. Please join me and give an hour to help save a life.”

Sign up to join the army of collectors out on the streets or you can take charge of a collection in your local community by organising collector rotas, keeping them supplied with pin badges and helping count donations. To find out more visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/give.

- Two women from Rutland are urging people to come forward to help set up a group of volunteers to provide fundraising for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Jo Payne and Charlotte Marson from the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance want to create a Rutland and Melton group, to help with fundraising.

“It’s working in other towns across our region,” said Jo. “And it would be great to set up another one in Rutland and Melton. Some people find it hard to give money, but they can help us by giving support.”

If you are interested in volunteering contact the Air Ambulance on 08454 130999.