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Saying thank you this National Volunteers Week

Without our volunteers, we wouldn’t be able to do the job we do. As none of our services receive government funding, we rely entirely on the generosity of our communities to keep us in the air and continuing our lifesaving work.

National Volunteers Week, 1st June-7th June is a way for community organisations who involve volunteers to thank them for their dedication and hard work over the past twelve months.

This #NationalVolunteersWeek, we’ve been saying thank you to all the volunteers who do such a good job of keeping us flying – whether they work in our offices, our shops, or out on the street fundraising for us.

Here are some of the ways we’ve been saying thanks:

  • Volunteers for Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) were invited to have a brew from their crew on Wednesday 3rd June. They were invited along to DLRAA’s airbase at East Midlands Airport to meet the air ambulance crew. They were treated to tea and cake by the fundraising coordinator and crew members.

    Volunteers at DLRAA's airbase

    Volunteers at DLRAA’s airbase

  • Volunteers for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were invited down to the charity’s HQ in Princethorpe on the Wednesday, too. Crew members from WNAA’s airbase at Coventry Airport came down to meet them and share some snacks and stories.
  • Members of our senior management team, including head of operations Richard Clayton and CEO of the charity, Andy Williamson, have been visiting our retail shops all week to see the hard work our shop volunteers do, and to say thank you for all the support they give us.
  • All of our volunteers were also sent a special thank you letter in the post.

Collette Richardson, fundraising coordinator in Derbyshire, said: “This year we wanted to thank volunteers by inviting them to have a brew from their crew, a small way for us to say a personal thank you for all their hard work. What better way to say thank you than with a cup of tea and cake?

Tom, who volunteers for the marketing department

Tom, who volunteers for the marketing department

“Without volunteers we simply wouldn’t be able to carry out all the lifesaving missions we do. Our thanks not only extend to our registered volunteers, but to those who dedicate their time to fundraising for this lifesaving service.”

From all of the staff here at our charity, a huge thank you to all the volunteers who make our vital work possible.