Rugby patients will benefit from support given to Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance

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Three regional air ambulance services are flying high after being selected by ZF Services UK Ltd as its nominated charity of the year.

ZF Services UK Ltd regularly supports many local charities, community clubs and groups, but every two years employees also pick one charity to be the main focus for fundraising.

The company announced plans to raise at least £2,500 for Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and The Children’s Air Ambulance, brought together under the umbrella The Air Ambulance Service.

The two regional rescue services carried out 1,949 missions last year, providing rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies across 3,850 square miles and a population of 3,277,274, while the national Children’s Air Ambulance continues to change the face of paediatric care in the transfer of critically ill children in the UK.

Small contributions to the charity, which receives no government funding and relies totally on donations, can make a huge difference: £36 buys enough fuel to keep a helicopter flying for 10 minutes, and £65 buys a manual suction unit that helps clear a child’s airway.

The combined charities were ZF Services UK’s clear favourite from a shortlist of nominations, and employees have pledged to raise vital funds with a busy programme of activities throughout the year.