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Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) (Part of The Air Ambulance Service)

  • By Shirley Ramplin · H&G UK, Europe


Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) (Part of The Air Ambulance Service)

Main aim of the charity

The Air Ambulance Service operates the national Children’s Air Ambulance and the local air ambulance services for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. "Our vision is clear. We want children to grow into adults, we want adults to live longer and we want bereavement through trauma to become rare." "Each of our services works tirelessly to save lives and alleviate sickness, wherever and whenever possible."

How the employee got involved and why

We wanted to support a local charity and the local Air Ambulance Service was looking for donations as they rely solely on fundraising from the community. They don't receive any government or lottery funding. We often see the Air Ambulance fly over our workplace and it seemed like a perfect fit to do what we could to support their missions. We started by running a few tombola's and activities but it soon turned into a bigger campaign to help raise funds on an annual basis.

What work does the employee do for charity?

Our role as local fundraisers is all about helping to find fun ways to raise money to help the cause. We co-ordinate raffles, cake sales, charity walks, Christmas card sales, merchandise and other activities. We promote the Air Ambulance regularly via these events which helps us gather more donations and raise the profile of the charity. We thrive on the challenge of bettering the previous years fundraising total and are always looking for new ways to raise money. We see it as great personal achievement when the total goes up and up!

What impact would winning have on the charity?

Winning would help to raise awareness of the Air Ambulance Service and the fantastic work they do saving lives in the local community. The Air Ambulance could purchase new equipment for their life saving missions as well as upgrade what they currently use. The charity currently operates from a temporary Portacabin and offers the crew basic facilities to operate from. Winning would enable them to improve the facility, extend the area that they cover and maintain the great service they already provide.

What impact would winning have on the employee?

On a personal level it would give us a great sense of pride and achievement to win this competition. It would also encourage more people to volunteer, participate and give back to the local community. More people involved = more fundraising which = more lives saved! It would also help us raise the profile to help raise more funds in the future. We're already proud to be part of the DHL family. Knowing DHL supports us and everyone else doing charity work and fundraising by running DHL's Got Heart makes us even more proud to be part of it.

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