LAACA Online Christmas auction raises more than £80,000

LAACA Online Christmas auction raises more than £80,000

An online charity auction has raised over £82,000 for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA).

The LAACA Online Christmas Auction, launched by members of the Lincolnshire Air Ambulance Countryside Appeal (LAACA), was inundated with fabulous prizes including relaxing breaks in stunning cottages, an exhilarating skydiving experience, a VIP visit to RAF Coningsby with a chance to ride a flight simulator and tickets to the football.

A VIP day with the Red Arrows proved popular for bidders, selling for £3,879, with a sailing taster for twelve people fetching £4,150.

All proceeds raised from the auction will help to support the lifesaving work of the charity.

Last year, the LAACA committee held their first bi-annual luncheon and auction on behalf of LNAA which raised a staggering £80,000. With the second event due to take place this year, the decision was made to move the auction online due to Covid-19.

Karen Carter, Fundraising Manager at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said: “We are absolutely delighted that this online auction has generated so much interest and has helped raise vital funds for LNAA.  The auction has raised over £82,200 so far with pledges still to come in!

“We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity shown by bidders. We’ve seen a real interest in holiday cottages, which have all raised a huge amount. We even had a bottle of champagne signed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson sell for £255!

“The LAACA committee have been brilliant supporting our cause and raising funds for our service. We’re incredibly grateful for their efforts in organizing this fantastic auction.”

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is an independent charity. Although colleagues work closely with the NHS, LNAA does not receive any government funding. The service relies solely on generous donations from members of the public to remain operational.

Doctors and paramedics are trained to the highest clinical standards. They help patients involved in life-threatening incidents when minutes matter.

If you are able to donate or fundraise for this life-saving service, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk