Donate Your Time To Midlands Air Ambulance Charity

Volunteers’ Week 1-7th June 2013

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is making an appeal during Volunteers’ Week* (1st – 7th June 2013), to encourage new volunteers to assist the service with its vital fundraising and awareness building efforts.

The service, which covers six counties across the Midlands including Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, West Midlands and Worcestershire, has 80 dedicated volunteers, but with dozens of fundraising events, talks and cheque presentations taking place each week, the fundraising team is looking for more supporters to assist with the charity’s busy diary.

Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, comments: “Our volunteers are the backbone of our charity, their dedication is invaluable and something we never take for granted, without them we just wouldn’t exist.

“Volunteering is extremely rewarding and is critical to the on going success of our charity, so I would encourage anyone thinking of doing something worthwhile with their spare time to think about volunteering with us. You don’t have to give all your free time, even if you can spend a few hours a month working with us, it would be greatly appreciated.”

To support the current and new volunteer intake, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has recently launched a brand new Volunteers’ Handbook. The guide has been specifically designed to assist volunteers in their fundraising and awareness building efforts. It also provides key facts and background information about the charity and how to get involved as a volunteer.

Some of the benefits associated with volunteering with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity include:

  • Saving a life.  Whilst you may not become a paramedic with air ambulance, your assistance as a volunteer will be an invaluable contribution to charity.
  • Educating your community.  One of the most important parts of volunteering is talking about what you do.  By informing friends, family and the local community about your work with air ambulance you will be unwittingly helping raise awareness of the service’s charitable status, and perhaps also encouraging more volunteers to join us.
  • Making new friends.  MAAC’s volunteers work independently and as part of a  team.  You will also spend lots of time engaging with your local community which is a great way of getting to know more people.
  • Plus you can help take Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s fundraising efforts to even greater heights!

Jason adds: “There are plenty of ways you can get involved. Volunteer work can vary from community collections, helping out at local events, visiting groups for talks about the service or attending cheque presentations. Do get in touch to find out more about how you can help.”

If you are interested in becoming a fundraising volunteer please contact Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s volunteer co-ordinator, Alison Hill on 0800 8 40 20 40 or email alison.hill@midlandsairambulance.com.

OPERATIONS STATISTICS:
Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.