Raise money for air ambulance just by wearing your wellies

Crew members of the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance wear their wellies to raise money for the charity EMN-151105-174204001
Crew members of the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance wear their wellies to raise money for the charity EMN-151105-174204001
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If you own a pair of Wellington boots you can raise money for a vital emergency service which relies on charitable donations.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) has launched a new fundraising campaign called ‘Wellies for Helis’ at one of its busiest times of the year.

Supporters are being urged simply to pull on their wellies and pose for a photograph before posting it on social media and making a donation via text.

Crews are traditionally busier as daylight hours increase this month, with the DLRAA being called out 94 times last May and heading out on 395 missions between May and August in 2014.

Crew memebers had fun this week kicking off the initiative and Jenny Conway, an air ambulance critical care paramedic, said: “The end of spring through summer is one of our busiest times of year as we can fly later into the evenings.

“We receive no government funding and rely entirely on donations to raise the £1,700 we need for each rescue mission.

“Without the support from our local communities we couldn’t continue to provide this life saving service.”

To take part, text WELLIES to 70800 and share a picture on Twitter with @WNDLRAirAmb using the hashtag #wellies and on Facebook, whether you are gardening, camping out at a music festival or walking the dog on a showery day.