Here, some of our Volunteers tell us their reasons for donating their time, energy and expertise.
Sandi McMillan-Bunn, Talks Volunteer
“Often Volunteering is seen as a chore but in the case of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance it’s an absolute pleasure. I meet countless different people. I give talks to all types of groups and organisations, telling them about the lifesaving work of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. I also get to visit village fetes, open days, clubs and almost any type of event you can think of, selling charity merchandise and engaging people in the work of the charity.”
Ted (Mick) Allsop, Events Volunteer
“I’m proud to be part of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance ‘family’. I became involved with the Charity back in 2003 after a colleague of mine was killed at work.
“I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping the Charity and I’ll continue to help as long as I can. I’m not afraid to say that I’ve been moved to tears on a few occasions listening to accounts of missions that our Ambucopter has been involved in.
“It’s so refreshing to go to events and be thanked and for people to show such an interest in Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. I’d recommend Volunteering with the Charity to anyone – you’ll have a great time, meet great people and feel good at the end of the day knowing that you’re helping others.”
Winifred Downey, Charity Shop Key Volunteer
“One of the main reasons I chose to Volunteer with Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was because I wanted to continue helping patients in a roundabout way as I was a Volunteer at our local hospital charity shop. This was closed when the new hospital was built with no facility for a new shop. We approached Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and they jumped at the chance of having a group of Volunteers ready to go.”
Helen Byrne, Events Volunteer
“I particularly enjoy working with the other Volunteers and meeting the people who so generously support this life-saving service. It’s also fantastic to meet so many people and hear their stories of how Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance saved their lives or the lives of their loved ones.”
Don and Jill McLaren, Events Volunteers
“Early in December 2001, our daughter was involved in a road accident on a country lane near Southwell. Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance flew her to the Queen’s Medical Centre in seven or eight minutes, saving as much as 25 minutes on the road journey. Although she did not regain consciousness, we had 27 hours with her to say goodbye before she died the next day. Later we were able to visit the team who picked her up, at their base at Waddington, to say thank you. We learned so much there that we resolved to see if we could help to raise any monies for the charity and over time we have contributed many thousands of pounds. We hope we’re contributing usefully to the saving of lives and feel that some of the stories we hear remind us of our loss and keep the memory of our daughter fresh.”
Street and store collections can take place whenever, wherever, all in the name of raising funds and awareness. Throw on a hi-viz bib, grab a bucket (don’t shake it, remember) and a reel of stickers, and you’re away. It’s bread and butter fundraising at its best.
Box collectors are responsible for monitoring and collecting from the collection boxes within our two counties. Collectors are given an area to cover in their preferred county. This involves building up friendships with our supporters who are kind and generous enough to have our boxes on display in their businesses
It’s always great to acknowledge those who have raised money for our charity and cheque presentations are the epitome of this. Being an ambassador at an event or photo opportunity enables us to publicly thank the amazing work of our communities. After all, our Air Ambulance only exists because of the people who support us.
Having a captive audience is a brilliant way to spread the good word of our charity and operations. Presentations can involve a PowerPoint, or be a more directly spoken, interactive experience. As long as we get the necessary facts and figures across, with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure, then every talk should be a success!
Our charity shops are the face of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance in their respective areas. As well as raising money for our charity, they also serve their local community through the recycling of donated goods and provide a friendly experience for regular and new customers. Roles in the shop include making sales displays, taking payments and interacting with the customers.
Sorting and rummaging is a satisfying role for those who like to find “hidden treasures” in the public’s donated items. From clothing to bric a brac, DVDs to furniture, all types of donated goods are sorted to ensure our charity shops are well stocked with clean, resale-able items.
Come rain or shine, we need to keep our charity in the heart and minds of our Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire communities. Be it a large outdoor County Show during the summer months under one of our tents, complete with mud, brollies and wellies, or a cosy, comfortable Christmas card sale in a village hall in winter, we rely on our volunteers to make this possible.