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Just one month after launching our charity partnership with The Air Ambulance Service, National Accident Helpline’s staff have already made good progress towards our £10,000 fundraising target, with the totaliser now standing at £3,279.
The Air Ambulance Service is the umbrella organisation for The Children’s Air Ambulance; a national transfer service for seriously ill children and babies, and two Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS): Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) and Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).
Each rescue mission that the Charity’s HEMS teams carry out costs around £1,700. The National Accident Helpline team will be undertaking a series of fundraising challenges to reach our initial target of £10,000, which would allow us to fund more than five rescue missions.
Last week Adam Nash, paramedic, and Stuart Wilkins, fundraiser with The Air Ambulance Service, toured NAH headquarters to chat to staff and raise awareness of the Service’s work. Their visit was timed to coincide with the internal launch for the charity partnership, at which staff took the opportunity to sign up for a wide variety of fundraising events to be held throughout the rest of 2014.
Our staff have already raised funds via a sky dive by legal services advisor Tamsin Donaldson, a cross-site Easter bake sale and treasure hunt and a bag collection of clothes and bric à brac, but ambitious plans for the rest of the year will see our people running, rowing, cycling and zumba-ing their way through a series of energetic and cerebral challenges.
“We’re hoping that all our employees will take part in at least one event during the year, but knowing how generous our teams are, we fully expect many of them will join in several challenges”, said Group HR Director Helen Jackson.
Events on offer include a quiz night at Hobson’s Choice Pub, Kettering, a Mud, Sweat and Beer 5k and 10k obstacle course challenge to be held at Shuckburgh Hall near Daventry (7 June), and a Zumbathon challenge which will take place later this summer. We will also be sending an 11-person team to the Dragon Boat Racing Festival on Midsummer Meadow in Northampton (13 July). A further challenge for the autumn is the 167-mile Way of the Roses cycle challenge, which will see a team of National Accident Helpline staff including Chief Executive Officer Russell Atkinson cycle a challenging route from Morecambe across the Pennines and Yorkshire Dales to Bridlington over the course of three days.
“I’ve been a keen cyclist for a number of years, and am passionate about raising money for The Air Ambulance Service,” said Mr Atkinson. “I’m under no illusions that this will be an easy ride, but the combination of raising funds for such an important cause and the opportunity to spend some quality time with colleagues out in the fresh air was one I couldn’t resist!”
National Accident Helpline has also signed up to compete in The Air Ambulance Service’s Big £50 Business Challenge, which launches next month and runs until October. Companies across the region will put forward a team of entrepreneurs to see who can raise the most funds from an initial stake of £50 provided by the Service. The challenge will conclude with a ceremony at the end of the year at which the scheme’s successes will be celebrated and awards will be given to recognise talent, creativity and inspirational individuals.
Click here to find out more about The Air Ambulance Service and follow the progress of our fundraising activities throughout the year. You can also make a donation to The Air Ambulance through our JustGiving page.
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