Thousands raised during first ever Air Ambulance Week

Some of the air ambulance team

Some of the air ambulance team

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Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s first ever Air Ambulance Week has raised more than £25,000 towards its vital services.

The fundraiser also supported it sister service - Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance.

Collections across Warwickshire raised a grand total of £7,309.79 for the air ambulance thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the support of the local community.

The week at the end of September saw hundreds of supporters take to the streets to sell special Air Ambulance Week pin badges, painting all five of the counties the air ambulances serve yellow.

Katie Lockton, fundraising coordinator for Warwickshire, said: “It was incredible to see the amount of people who wanted to take part and help in our first Air Ambulance Week. The support from Warwickshire and Coventry has been amazing – people were actually crossing the street to buy our badges and show their appreciation of their local air ambulance. Now we want everyone to tell their friends how much fun they had so we can make it even bigger next year.”

Each mission WNAA fly costs an average of £1,700. As the charity receives no government funding, it relies entirely on generous donations and events like these to raise money for its lifesaving service.

Since its inception in 2003 it has been out on over 16,000 missions, saving lives every day in the local community.

For more information on how you can help the charity, you can visit their website at www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or alternatively call the head office on 08454 130999.