Jenny Ashman Is Named Volunteer Of The Year
The best and brightest from the air ambulance world emerged victorious at the first national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. The awards, which are independently judged, received over 50 nominations from air ambulance operations across the UK. Among the winners was MAAC volunteer, Jenny Ashman from Inkberrow, Worcestershire.
This is the first year the awards have been held and were hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin with GP and noted comedian Dr Phil Hammond on hand to present each winner with their award in front of an enthusiastic gathering.
Jenny was recognised for her fundraising efforts over a twenty year period for Midlands Air Ambulance. In this time she has raised over £1.7 million for the service, a staggering total which has not been matched by any other volunteer in the charity’s 22 year history and has helped to fund over 680 life saving missions. In 2013 to date she has helped to raise over £14,000, and at 74 years old there’s no sign that she’s slowing down.
Chairman of the Judging Panel, Guy Opperman MP, said: “It was a wonderful night with each and every one of our air ambulance recipients striving to set the highest possible standards of excellence in the sector. It has been an honour to be involved with such an inspirational group of people.”
Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added: “We are delighted Jenny has received the national recognition she deserves. She’s an incredible asset to our great charity and we are very lucky to have her support.”
In addition to Jenny's award win, youngster and former patient, Joshua Dudley
was shortlisted as the young fundraiser of the year, and the Bike4Life Fest was shortlisted for Campaign of the Year.