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THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF THE LINCS & NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE
WHAT’S ON... Throughout this, our 25th Anniversary year, many people across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire have chosen to support the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance in various ways, including hosting a wide range of fundraising events. Here are just some of the festive fundraising events taking place throughout the rest of the year…
NOVEMBER Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th VINTAGE HERITAGE TRACTOR SHOW Newark Showground Sunday 17th SLEAFORD & DISTRICT MODEL RAILWAY SHOW Ruskington Village Hall Sunday 17th CHRISTMAS MARKET Richard Herrod Centre, Carlton, Nottingham Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st MIDLANDS MACHINERY SHOW Newark Showground Sunday 24th ANTIQUES FAIR Springfields, Spalding Sunday 24th NEWARK CHRISTMAS MARKET: LIGHTS SWITCH ON Newark Royal Market, Bridge Street
Sunday 24th HOLDENS SANTA’S GROTTO Holdens Furniture, Newark Saturday 30th CHRISTMAS CHARITY BALL Woodland Waters, Grantham
DECEMBER Sunday 1st CHRISTMAS FAIR Farndon Boathouse, Newark Friday 6th WOODHALL SPA CHRISTMAS FAYRE Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th NEWARK CHRISTMAS MARKET & WINTER FEAST Newark Royal Market, Bridge Street Sunday 15th LINCOLN SANTA FUN RUN
To find out more or if you would like to hold an event to raise money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance email email@example.com or call 01522 548469 (Lincs) or 0115 941 2255 (Notts). We look forward to hearing from you.
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WE’VE NOW FLOWN OVER 20,000 MISSIONS!
If you’d like to find out how you can continue supporting our life-saving work, visit ambucopter.org.uk
Just hours before celebrating our official 25th birthday on Monday 13th May, we reached a significant milestone with our crew undertaking their 20,000th mission. On Sunday 12th May, our Ambucopter and crew were called to a medical emergency in Costhorpe near Worksop, at 6.30pm – their 5th mission of that day. Whilst difficult to celebrate the fact that over 20,000 people have needed our care, it’s incredible to know that we have been able to fund so many missions with thanks to the generosity of people like you. We have helped literally thousands of people over the last 25 years – we simply couldn’t do it without your support! 2 SKYSHOUT
DEAR SUPPORTERS Welcome to our latest edition of SkyShout. It’s been a really busy year in many ways, in this our 25th year. As you will read, we have some amazing stories of what we, our crew and you, our supporters, have been up to. The Charity has come an incredibly long way since our very first airlift 25 years ago. In the beginning, our air ambulance was all about getting to the patient as fast as possible and then transporting them quickly to the nearest hospital. Today, speed is still of the essence but now the focus is also on the specialist, advanced clinical care our crew is able to bring to the scene of an incident or accident; we are then able to fly the patient directly to the hospital best suited for their needs. All this has been made possible because of the support of our local communities, so thank you very much for your support.
of the hundreds of generous individuals who have raised funds for us over the last few months. I read in awe the ‘Desert Diaries’ of one of our intrepid trekkers who took on the challenge of the Sahara Desert last month to raise funds for our life-saving work – you can read all about it on page 10. I remain incredibly proud of all those who support this wonderful Charity, in whatever way they choose. We have a lot planned for the future, which will only serve to enhance the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service we are proud to provide to our communities. I hope you will continue to support us on that journey. With Best Wishes,
We are now in transition to fly 24 hours a day, 7 days per week – you can read more about this on page 4. Our aim is to provide critical care by air, whenever it is needed. Day or night.
Our fundraisers have been extra busy and fabulously creative in how they raise the funds we need. On pages 12 and 13 you will see just a snapshot
Chief Executive Officer
LINCS HEAD OFFICE LNAACT House, Bentley Drive, Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln, LN4 2QW 01522 548469 firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re expanding our 24/7 service
Celebrating 25 Years of Saving Lives
One of our patients tell their story
NOTTS OFFICE Unit 2 Chase Park, Daleside Road Nottingham, NG2 4GT 0115 941 2255
Leave a Lasting Legacy
A New Home for our Ambucopter
LOTTERY OFFICE HOTLINE 01522 531308 WWW.AMBUCOPTER.ORG.UK @LNAACT Facebook.com/Ambucopter
What’s Your Challenge?
Snapshot on Shops
Thank you to Rob Inglis for photography
WE’RE GETTING CLOSER TO EXPANDING OUR 24-HOUR SERVICE TO BE 7 DAYS A WEEK Since announcing our commitment to provide a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) in 2018, we have already responded to many overnight missions between the hours of 7.00pm and 7.00am; helping to save even more lives.
We currently operate 365 days a year during the hours of 7.00am and 7.00pm, with the aim of becoming a fully operational 24-hour service 7 days a week. As we continue to build and train additional clinical crew to make this a reality, we’ve been on call to provide 24-hour care between 2 and 4 nights per week, trialling variations of our night coverage, to see where the need is the most. During this time, the medical emergencies our helicopter and Critical Care Car have been dispatched to are constantly reviewed and monitored to ensure that we are able to provide the most effective critical care across our two counties, no matter what time of day. Recently, whilst on call during the early hours of the morning, the medical crew on board our Ambucopter were called out to a road traffic collision in the vicinity of Sunken Island, situated north of the River Humber. From receiving the initial 999 call at 2.45am, our night capable AgustaWestand 169 helicopter arrived on the scene in just 25 minutes, a journey that could take an hour and a half by road. Our doctor and paramedics quickly treated and stabilised a patient who had sustained serious injuries after a car had rolled multiple times. Our crew escorted the patient to Hull Royal Infirmary then returned to base, where they remained on call as part of our 24-hour coverage throughout the night. This mission was just one of three medical emergencies attended by the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance in the space of two night shifts, highlighting the need for an extended critical care capability in the area. The move to full 24-hour service, 7 days a week, requires careful planning and significant investment. Since June this year, we have recruited three new paramedics, eight new doctors and one new co-pilot. Working alongside our existing team, these new crew members will help support our move to full 24/7 operations. 4 SKYSHOUT
As well as additional night training on board our Ambucopter, all crew members have taken part in specialist advanced driver training in our brand-new BMW X5 Critical Care Car. This high-performance vehicle enables our crew to remain on call during times where our helicopter may be unable to fly due to poor weather or engineering works; enabling them to respond to any emergency at any time. To support our move to 24/7 flying, we are also in the process of increasing and upgrading the landing sites that we frequently use throughout Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. As part of this, we are delighted to have recently received a grant of £69,000 from the Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads (HELP) Appeal. This has fully funded the installation and upgrade of our helipad lights at RAF Waddington, Nottingham Airport (Tollerton) and Fenland Airfield in South Lincolnshire. Karen Jobling, Chief Executive Officer, said: “With our crew attending a number of missions overnight so far, it’s clear to see that there is a real need for our critical care service during all hours of the day and night. “By operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, we hope to be able to treat many patients every single year. Our patients are the heart of everything we do here at the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, so if we are able to help over 400 more people who are suffering from the most serious illnesses and traumatic injuries, then this will be an incredible development for our Charity. “Increasing the hours of operation is something that requires not only careful planning, but also significant investment. Vitally, the Charity will need to raise even more funds, as the cost to provide a 24-hour HEMS service will increase from £2.5 million per year to around £4 million. We can only make this remarkable step forward with the help of our local communities, and we cannot thank them enough for their incredible support.” WWW.AMBUCOPTER.ORG.UK
MEET OUR NEW PARAMEDICS ALEX WALKER Alex has recently joined our clinical crew to help provide the very best care to patients in what is often their greatest hour of need. Prior to joining the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, Alex worked for London Ambulance Service for the last six years. Due to his relocation from the capital, Alex is undergoing familiarity training with East Midlands Ambulance Service before he begins his HEMS training to become a fully qualified HEMS Paramedic.
Our new paramedics Alex Walker, Chris Steele and Rob Fillmer
CHRIS STEELE Chris joined our clinical crew in September, where he provides critical care to patients who are suffering from some of the most severe injuries and life-threatening illnesses. Chris joins our team from East of England Ambulance Service, where he has served as a Paramedic for the last 10 years. Prior to his most recent role, Chris has also served as a medic with the British Army.
24-HOUR CARE BY AIR WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please get in touch today and give your support. Call our fundraising team on 01522 548469 (Lincs) or 0115 941 2255 (Notts)
ROB FILLMER Rob joined our life-saving crew in June this year. Rob served as a Paramedic with East Midlands Ambulance Service for the last six years, and prior to his most recent role, Rob spent eight years with the Royal Marines. Rob completed his Paramedic Practice course at Sheffield Hallam University and has been helping members of the local communities as a Paramedic ever since.
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CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF SAVING LIVES It’s been a very special year of celebrations for our Charity so far, as we celebrate our 25th Anniversary with the help of our incredible supporters, clinical crew, volunteers and former patients. Since our humble beginnings in 1994, the tremendous support from people like you has ensured our helicopter remains on call and available 365 days a year. We cannot thank you enough for your continued support. With Monday 13th May marking 25 years to the day when we airlifted our very first patient, we hosted our very own celebratory event. The spectacular event also brought together 25 of our former patients, representing one for each year of our operation, who have been tended to since our service started flying. The day started with a ‘mock mission’ from our on-duty crew, which was set up to show a very realistic road traffic collision involving a train and a car. As part of the mock mission, our life-saving crew landed at the scene in our iconic Ambucopter demonstrating how they are able to bring the equivalent of a hospital A&E department directly to the scene of an incident. Our onboard doctor and paramedics were able to show how they would tend to patients suffering severe injuries, and how these vital actions all contribute to our patients having the very best possible outcome.
Some of our former patients meeting our crew on our 25th Anniversary.
Whether you’ve attended one of our events this year, donated funds to our incredible cause or helped us to raise awareness of our vital service, we’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you – you have helped us to make our 25th year the best year yet! Here we show some images from this spectacular day:
Pilot Patrick Lidstone showing some of our former patients around the helicopter.
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Trustee Penny Would meets one of our former patients, Shaun Twigg.
We’ll be celebrating our 25th Anniversary year right up until May 2020 with a whole host of fundraising events and activities to help keep our Ambuctoper in the sky. Get in touch today and find out how you can help us save lives! Visit www.ambucopter.org.uk Call: 01522 548469 (Lincs) or 0115 9412255 (Notts) Email: email@example.com
BBC Radio Lincolnshire host, Melvyn Prior, chats with Paramedic Roger Linnell.
Our crew carried out a ‘mock mission’ as part of the event.
Karen and her son Craig, pictured at our 25th Anniversary celebrations. Photo credit: Tim Wilson, Spalding Guardian
“WITHOUT THE LINCS & NOTTS AIR AMBULANCE, MY SON WOULD NOT BE HERE. HOW CAN I EVER REPAY THEM FOR THAT?” September 2015 was already a difficult time for Karen Metcalf. Her mother had recently passed away, and whilst Karen was grieving and planning her mother’s funeral, her son Craig was almost killed in a road traffic accident. On 18th September, Craig had been travelling along the A46 near Lincoln when his van collided with an HGV, ending up underneath the vehicle. The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance were dispatched and quickly arrived at the scene. Our highly skilled clinical crew assessed Craig’s injuries and stabilised him. Due to Craig’s condition and the severity of his injuries, it was too unsafe to airlift him to hospital so he was whisked to Nottingham’s Queens Medical Centre by land ambulance with our critical care paramedic by his side throughout the journey. When Karen arrived at the hospital, the news didn’t look good. “When I got to Queens Medical Centre, I was told it was extremely serious. The two things going for Craig were that the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance paramedic had got to him quickly and that he was young – 26 at that time,” said Karen. “The swift arrival of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and the vital life-saving treatment he received in the immediate aftermath was what saved him.” As a result of the terrible crash, Craig was left with life-changing injuries including a traumatic brain injury,
bleeding inside his skull, complex facial fractures and paralysis down his right side. He spent three weeks in intensive care before being transferred to a rehabilitation unit. He stayed there for nine months before returning home with 24-hour care. “Craig still has no movement in his right hand and is now registered as blind, although he refuses to have a white stick as it would ruin his street cred!” Karen jokes. “Speech is still very difficult for him, but he now only has support workers with him for 12 hours a day. “He has exceeded his consultant’s expectations and continues to make progress. He works so hard and constantly wants to be pushed for the smallest of improvements. He is an inspiration to all who know him and I am so very proud of him.” The family has since been fundraising for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Karen, who works at Warburtons in Eastwood, donates part of her wages to the Charity each month. “To put it in a nutshell, I challenge anyone to spend just one second imagining that their loved one or child was in an emergency situation where they needed an air ambulance to survive, but it couldn’t come because there was not enough funding. “When all is said and done, without the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, my son wouldn’t be here. How can I ever repay them for that?” SKYSHOUT 7
GIVING THE GIFT OF LIFE MAKE SAVING LIVES YOUR LASTING LEGACY Last year, hundreds of our life-saving missions were funded by kind donations left to us in people’s Wills. By remembering the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance in your Will, you can help us to save lives.
The three ways in which you can leave a legacy: A PECUNIARY GIFT
You do not have to own property or have significant savings to leave a gift in your Will, every donation will be used to help save lives, whatever the amount – every penny really does count.
This is a tax-free donation of a specified amount of money. It doesn’t matter how big or how small the amount – every penny helps to save lives. A RESIDUARY GIFT
Margaret E Sail has supported many good causes throughout her life, and the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is a Charity that has been very close to her heart. When Margaret sadly passed away in May 2019 aged 87, lifelong friends Vic Rawding and Sue Hodder wanted to do something special in memory of a very generous lady. As the executors of Margaret’s estate, Vic and Sue decided upon the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to be a major beneficiary.
This is a donation from the remainder of your estate after you have provided for family and friends. You can leave the whole amount or a percentage of it. A SPECIFIC GIFT
You can choose to leave any object that you own to our Charity. This can be any item, such as a painting or jewellery, or even a car or house.
Margaret’s very special and generous gift will be used to fund many of our potentially life-saving missions. In addition, a bench with a commemorative plaque will be placed within our planned Garden of Reflection at our brand-new Headquarters, which you can read more about on page 9.
GIVING THE GIFT OF LIFE If you would like to contact the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance for more information, please email the Charity’s legacy team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01522 548469. The team would love to hear from you, and would never pressure you into making a gift in your Will.
A NEW HOME FOR OUR AMBUCOPTER In our last edition of SkyShout, we announced our plans for a new Headquarters for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. Since then, we’ve had some exciting new developments on this upcoming project for our Charity. Our planned new Headquarters will see Charity staff, crew and helicopter all based under one roof for the very first time. This move will help bring tremendous advantaged to our Charity, allowing for closer working between our staff and crew whilst providing a
facility for our former patients and supporters to visit and to find out more about our life-saving work. This new future-proof home, which will be based on land near RAF Waddington on the A15 Sleaford Road, will provide a helicopter take-off and landing pad for both day and night operations. Our brand-new Headquarters and airbase will have its very own specialist, purpose-built hangar with space to enable on-site engineering, along with housing for the Charity’s Critical Care Car with direct access onto the road network for faster response time. Enhanced crew training facilities will also be available at the new airbase, which will help our clinicians to develop their skills further and prepare for the incidents they respond to. Construction is due to begin early 2020. We’ll share more information in the next edition of SkyShout. If you would like to keep up to date with plans for our new HQ, visit ambucopter.org.uk
WONDERFUL WOOD CARVING A very special gift has been given to our Charity by a very skilled and generous gentleman. John Lord, an extremely talented wood carver from Hough on the Hill in Lincolnshire, has kindly donated hundreds of hours of his time to create an amazing wood carving to commemorate our 25th Anniversary year. The carving depicts key milestones throughout our 25-year history, from when we operated our very first helicopter (a Bolköw), up to our current AgustaWestland 169 aircraft. This incredible gifted piece also features our crew treating patients across various mission scenes, working alongside
other emergency services, as well as a few iconic references to our two counties including Lincoln Cathedral and the Legend of Sherwood, Robin Hood. Since creating his very first carving at Grantham Tech College in 1988, John has created many extraordinary masterpieces over the years including church lecterns, panels for the Vicar’s Chair and in-church carvings. We’re tremendously grateful for this fabulous gift, which will create a very striking focal point within the Visitor Hub at our new HQ. Until then, our visitors will be admiring it from our Reception area at our current Bracebridge Heath HQ. John’s mas
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T R E S E D DIARIES
This September, an intrepid group of 26 supporters endured the gruelling heat of the Sahara Desert in aid of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. The team spent 5 days trekking through one of the world’s most inhabitable places in a bid to raise vital funds for our Charity. One of our amazing trekkers, Jess, shares more about her experience in her own words...
DAY 1 We stepped into the s Sahara with temperature ch mu – of over 45C more than the predicted t 30C-35C! Within the firs g, lkin wa of half an hour members of the group to struggle as were already beginning ratures. Our pe we battled the high tem k us over too predicted two-hour walk at camp d ive four hours, before we arr ht. nig to set up our tents for the
Vinnie rides on Eric the camel
DAY 2 Our second day of walking through the desert saw a high of 47C! As we powered on through, the lack of shade and rationing of water meant that some of our trekkers had to start their afternoon walk on camels. Instead we had to take shelter in any shade we could find until it cooled down enough to continue. By this point, I had been holding back the tears for the last 2 days. And we still had another 3 days to go…
Our trekkers battle through the hottest day of the trek
DAY 3 We were out of bed by 5.15am and temperatures were starting to cool to around 40C, meaning we did reach the highest sand dune, named Erg Zaher, before lunchtime. However, our camp was completely exposed, leaving our team of trekkers to cram into a tent for 6 hours before attempting to climb to the top of the sand dune affectionately known as Eric. By this point, we were all tired, filthy and slightly terrified! I felt that this was a turning point for us all; we were well and truly a team and the morale kicked in! A Mexican wave went around the tent, stories and jokes were shared and sand sledges were crafted out of duct tape. g
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Once temperatures had cooled, the climb to the top of Eric began. We battled up the 1,000ft sand dune, physically pulling each other up to the next ridge. Once at the top, we filled mini glass bottles with sand to take home to remember the experience, and then raised a glass as the sun set.
DAY 4 It was another early start to beat the heat, but it turned out to be Jess and Sarah cau ght in the sandstorm! a new challenge we faced; a sandstorm! We all set out with d our heads scarves wrapped aroun st walk of the trek! as we smashed our longe t we were all on the The feeling of knowing tha boost we needed. It was home stretch gave us the h blisters getting worse still extremely tough, wit people still struggling. with every step and some our final desert sunset, That night, we watched d off camels and played the drums, chase ad. An amazing final learned to make sand bre re stories and jokes! night filled with many mo 10 SKYSHOUT
THEY DID IT! An em otional hug shared at the finish line
Even though the temperature had coo led down to the mid 30’s, we were up early for the final leg of the trek. Everyone in the group set off at the sam e time, wanting to walk out of the desert together… And we did it! I am so proud of myself and the othe rs who took part alongside me. I can name at least one occasion where each of them made me laugh, stopped my crying, physically helped me or distracted me along the way. This has been the most challenging thin g I have EVER done in my entire life. The physical struggle s were real, but the emotions that went with them complet ely threw me. I still don’t think I can put into words anything that would even nearly sum up this incredible experien ce! Our intrepid trekkers have raised over £60,000! Well done to all. What an adventure! If you’d like to make a donation, please go to ambucopter.org.uk/donate
CREW CORNER When it comes to saving lives, it’s vital that our Ambucopter remains on call 365 days a year, helping patients across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire who are suffering from the most serious of illnesses and life-threatening injuries. However, the winter months bring a different set of challenges to our experienced pilots. Longer nights mean that our crew require a high level of skill and training when attending the scene of an emergency during the hours of darkness. Our newest member of our aviation crew, Co-Pilot Kirsten Augusten, shares more about some of the extra challenges our crew face over the winter.
Flying in the winter months presents its own challenges for pilots as we begin to undertake more life-saving missions in the hours of darkness. During these hours, our crews fly our helicopter using a Night Vision Imaging System (NVIS), allowing us to see dangers that wouldn’t be visible to the naked eye. Our stateof-the-art night capable helicopter is fitted with a specially adapted cockpit, a 30-million candle power searchlight and advanced mapping systems, making it easier for us to assess a suitable area for landing. Our landing sites have to be bigger at night-time, with a pre-planned flight route and landing zones agreed before take-off. With the winter nights drawing in, we also need to remain extremely vigilant towards the use of drones. When flown outside of regulations, these drones can cause a real problem for our helicopter in terms of proximity to our aircraft. Even a stationary drone could have a closing speed in excess of 180mph with our helicopter. At this speed, an air-to-air impact with a drone would be catastrophic. Whilst flying a drone can be a leisurely activity, we kindly ask all drone operators, private or commercial, to land their drone immediately if they hear any aircraft approaching to ensure the safety of our crew and patients.
CAN YOU TAKE ON THE CHALLENGE?
5TH SEPTEMBER – 14TH SEPTEMBER 2020 The Ultimate 3 Peaks Challenge 3 Peaks in 5 days Challenge of a lifetime!
12TH–22ND SEPTEMBER 2020
Cycle the picturesque route from Mount Kilimanjaro to the coast of Panganri in India, covering 430km in 6 days. This unique challenge promises to be an experience you’ll never forget!
To find out more about our 2020 challenges, visit ambucopter.org.uk or call 01522 548469
Our fabulous Fundraisers IT’S A KNOCKOUT Humberston Lions
Thank you CHARITY OF THE YEAR
Marks & Spencer, Nottingham
The Bacchus Hotel, Sutton on Sea
CHARITY GOLF DAY Blankney Golf Club
DONATION Nottinghamshire CTC
New Park Club, Skegness
100TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS
Thank you WWW.AMBUCOPTER.ORG.UK
What is YOUR challenge? DONATION HUG Horncastle Ukulele Group
Thank you CHARITY CYCLE RIDE
John A Stephens
Ashby Ville Jetski Club
Thank you DONATION
CHARITY OF THE YEAR
Cottam and West Burton Power Stations
Worksop Golf Club
DONATION Unite the Union
Have you been inspired to raise money for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance?
CHARITY HAIRCUT Mia Smith
ART & CRAFT FAIR The Vale of Belvoir Rotary Club
Could you hold a bake sale or teddy bears’ picnic; organise a fun day or concert; or even take part in a fun run, 10k or marathon? Let us know what you are doing by emailing email@example.com and let us shout about it! Every penny raised, donated or sponsored ensures we can continue to keep the Ambucopter in the sky and saving lives 365 days of the year. We can only do this with your help – THANK YOU! @LNAACT @LNAACT Facebook.com/Ambucopter
SNAPSHOT ON SHOPS NEW WADDINGTON WAREHOUSE NOW OPEN!
Our brand-new warehouse is now open in Waddington, situated at The Quarry on Grantham Road. Whilst we had to say farewell to our Charity shop in Bracebridge Heath, our new location means that we have our Charity shop with access to a huge storage space under one roof! The new warehouse is a real treasure trove for bargain hunters. As well as traditional Charity items, we now have a wide range of quality furniture available, from traditional pieces to large items perfect for upcycling projects. You can find our new warehouse at Unit 1, The Quarry, Grantham Road, Waddington, LN5 9NT.
We have 10 Charity shops across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, all helping to fund our life-saving service. Our shops are a very important part of our Charity, as every penny spent in our shops helps to keep our Ambucopter flying 365 days a year. Here’s an update on what’s been happening across our shops and some more info on how you can help us raise more funds for our Ambucopter!
From designer clutch bags and vintage purses to practical yet fashionable rucksacks, our customers cannot get enough of our donated handbags. So much so, we’re looking for more of these items to sell in our shops to raise money for our Air Ambulance. Whether you have a pre-loved evening wear essential, a stylish travel bag or an everyday favourite, please consider donating this to one of our Charity shops. You can visit your nearest Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Charity shop with your donation or call 01522 214694 (Lincs) or 01623 423049 (Notts) to arrange a free collection.
CHECK OUT OUR eBAY CHARITY SHOP
Our Online Lister, Rory.
Like our high-street stores, our eBay online shop is home to an eclectic mix of hidden treasures and must-have items. By visiting our store on eBay, you’ll find a range of vintage and designer items. You’ll also find classic vinyl, collectable ceramics and even film cameras! Our staff and volunteers are regularly picking out items for our Online Lister, Rory, to research and potentially list on our eBay store. We have over 300 items for sale every week, meaning there really is something for everyone. To check out our eBay story, visit www.ebay.co.uk/usr/ambucopter6 If you have any unusual items you’d like to donate, please contact Rory at our Waddington warehouse on 01522 214694.
IVY CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF VOLUNTEERING
Our long-standing volunteer Ivy recently celebrated a decade of volunteering with the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. Ivy has volunteered at our Spalding shop for the last 10 years and has played such an important role within our Charity by dedicating so many hours of her time. She is a very popular member of the team with our customers and always has time for a chat!
To celebrate the occasion, our Spalding Shop Manager, Jill McGurk, baked Ivy a delicious cake and presented her with cards and flowers from friends and colleagues from across the Charity. Our volunteers are incredibly important to us – we rely on the efforts, ideas and expertise of those who support us. We simply wouldn’t be here today without volunteers like Ivy, and we cannot thank them enough!
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Y: TIME WITH CHARIT
When asked what they know about the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, most people talk about our distinctive yellow Ambucopter in the sky and the life-saving work of our pilots, paramedics and doctors. But how much do you know about the people behind the scenes who keep the Charity working like a well-oiled machine? In this Spotlight feature, we find out more about our Corporate Fundraising Manager, Tanya Taylor, who joined our Charity in October 2018. Q. What does your role as Corporate Fundraising Manager entail? A. Developing, growing and looking after an amazing group of corporate partners who do wonderful activities with their employees to raise funds for our charity.
Q. Who inspires you the most? A. That’s easy, my mum! She was an incredible people person who helped hundreds of people return into the workforce. She was presented with an OBE in 2005, which was a very proud moment.
Companies support us with employee-led fundraising, sponsorship and/or gifts in kind and we work together to ensure our relationship is both rewarding and fun!
Q. What was the last book you read and the last film you watched? A. The last book I read was Postcards from Greece by Victoria Hislop – it tells the story of a man’s odyssey through Greece. Moving, surprising and sometimes dark, it’s a real page turner!
Q. What is the best thing about being part of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance? A. Being part of an amazing team of colleagues and incredible volunteers to ensure we can keep our helicopter flying and provide the best clinical care to our patients in what is often their greatest hour of need. Q. What has been your most memorable moment to date at the Charity? A. My most memorable day has to be our 25th Anniversary celebrations on Monday 13th May. It was incredibly emotional and humbling to meet so many of our former patients, and the day was truly reflective of the teamwork we have at the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.
The last film I watched was Toy Story 4. I took my children to watch it and surprisingly I enjoyed it too… I even shed a little tear! Q. How would your best friend describe you? A. Caring, a good listener, and a good laugh – if not a little bit silly. Q. Tell us something about yourself that might surprise us? A. I strapped myself to an aeroplane and did a wing walk. An amazing experience never to be repeated!
THINKING OF SUPPORTING US? Your business could help make a huge difference in its own community. As a local Charity, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is a cause that will resonate with your customers, clients, stakeholders and employees. We will work with you to provide a Charity Partnership that is not only tailored to suit your requirements, but that will be truly memorable for all involved. Our highly experienced team will ensure that your Charity Partnership is engaging, motivating and fun for all involved. To find out more, call Tanya on 01522 548469 or email firstname.lastname@example.org SKYSHOUT 15
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