Your local Air Ambulance, the Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, is opening a new Charity Shop just off Trent Bridge in West Bridgford to raise funds to help save lives in our communities and volunteers are urgently needed to run it.
The shop is a large, newly built premises and will sell furniture, lighting, pictures and other household goods. LNAA Nottingham Shop Coordinator, Cadi Lambert, has grand plans for the shop. “This is the first time we have gone into the furnishing market and the emphasis will be on top quality goods” said Cadi. “We are planning the layout to look like a true Furniture Showroom with only the very best of donated furniture and household items being offered for sale. Delivery can also be arranged for a small fee to cover the cost of fuel and staff time. Any donations of furniture and household items to sell in the shop will be welcome and if items are large I can arrange collection free of charge”.
It is hoped the new shop will be open in early April but that is dependent on people coming forward to volunteer their help in the shop. “All Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance shops are run by volunteers and that means the profits go directly to our service” commented Lynn Jones, Nottinghamshire Volunteer Coordinator. “For a shop of this size we will need about 30 volunteers and hope the people of West Bridgford and surrounding areas will come forward and donate their time, maybe a day or even a few hours a week, to help make this shop the success it deserves to be”.
The helicopter and crew are on call every single day of the year airlifting people of all ages including babies and young children. Averaging 4 missions a day, they attend everything from road traffic accidents, industrial and sporting accidents, serious illnesses and people who are injured in inaccessible places. The helicopter is kitted out with the latest medical equipment and carries two highly trained flight paramedics and often a volunteer Doctor as well.
Each year it costs the Charity £1.7million to provide this vital, life-saving service and with no Government or Lottery funding it relies on donations of money, goods and time from the people of Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire to keep the helicopter operational.
“Our volunteers are highly valued members of our team and their contribution is vital in helping raise the necessary funds to keep the helicopter operational. If you are interested in volunteering at the new shop please do get in touch” added Lynn.
For more information about volunteering please contact:
Lynn Jones on 0115 941 2255 and press option 1. Alternatively email L.Jones@ambucopter.org.uk
If you have any donations for the shop please contact:
Cadi Lambert on 0115 941 2255 and press option 2. Alternatively email C.Lambert@ambucopter.org.uk