Air Ambulance week exceeds expectations

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) crew PHOTO: Justin Thompson
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) crew PHOTO: Justin Thompson
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The first ever Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance’s (DLRAA) week has raised a huge £25,000.

Collections across the Midlands helped raise the grand total of £3,652 donated on the streets of Leicestershire alone.

Money raised will go towards funding the vital service that the Air Ambulance provides and also help their sister service – Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Taking place at the end of September, the week saw hundreds of supporters take to the streets to sell special Air Ambulance Week pin badges.

Charlotte Marson, fundraising coordinator for Leicestershire, said: “I’ve been blown away by the support of the Leicestershire community. Over 100 people joined in to help their air ambulance get their first Air Ambulance Week off to a flying start, taking to the streets throughout the week and weekend.

“Thank you to everyone who took part or bought a badge.”

The charity, which receives no government funding, relies entirely on generous donations to raise money for its lifesaving service - each mission the DLRAA flies costs an average of £1,700.

Since its inception in 2008, the DLRAA has been out on over 7,000 missions, saving lives every day.

For more details about the charity visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk