Melton volunteers sought for air ambulance fundraiser

EMAS representatives Mick Banks, an emergency care assistant, and team leader Simon Herrick help promote Air Ambulance Week with Steve Dick, a critical care paramedic for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance EMN-150209-150737001

EMAS representatives Mick Banks, an emergency care assistant, and team leader Simon Herrick help promote Air Ambulance Week with Steve Dick, a critical care paramedic for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance EMN-150209-150737001

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Volunteer helpers are being sought in Melton as part of a new fundraising initiative for Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

The first ever Air Ambulance Week will see representatives handing out pin badges around the region covered by the service in exchange for donations.

But not enough volunteers have come forward ahead of the campaign, which will take place between September 21 and 27.

A spokesperson for DLRAA said: “Unfortunately our volunteer numbers in Leicestershire are pretty low - we still have 125 out of 204 volunteering slots to fill in the county.

“We would appreciate any help people can give us as the charity relies heavily on fundraising events like this.”

The air ambulance is being supported in the initiative by East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS).

The two organisations work closely together on a daily basis and nearly every mission flown by DLRAA crews sees them working with paramedics and clinicians from EMAS.

Steve Dick, a critical care paramedic for DLRAA, who will be giving out badges during Air Ambulance Week, said: “Every mission we attend relies on amazing teamwork. We’re very grateful to EMAS for supporting our latest campaign.

“As our service doesn’t receive any government funding, we’re kept flying by the incredible support of our

local communities and this September we really need help to fill up the last of our spots.”

Dr Bob Winter, medical director at EMAS, said: “EMAS and DLRAA work together every day, so we are delighted to support them during their first Air Ambulance Week.

“Thanks to our teamwork and the generous support of their local communities, we save hundreds of lives every year.”

Go online at www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/give if you would like to volunteer your services for Air Ambulance Week or call 08454 130999.