Flying doctors need support

Volunteers are needed to support a dedicated team of flying doctors who attend emergencies across the area.

Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) is looking for helpers in the in the Dales and Peak District.

The charity receives no funding from the Lottery or Government and it costs over £1.7million a year to keep the vital service operational and saving lives.

Betty Foster, of Darley Dale, starting volunteering for DLRAA two years ago.

She said: “I saw an advert on television saying they were crying out for people to fund raise for them and I didn’t realise at the time that the charity was funded solely by donations.

“I had a bit of time on my hands and was looking for something to do with myself.”

She added: “I’ve never regretted getting involved. It is so worthwhile.

“It is great to do something that is really necessary in the community, particularly in this area of Derbyshire.

“It has saved many lives by getting people to hospital quickly and you don’t know when you might need it yourself.”

The charity is urging anyone with a bit of spare time to get involved – from helping out at stalls, collections, cheque presentation and even public speaking.

It currently serves a population of 1.4 million people across over 2,100 square miles Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Fundraising manager Gemma Hinds said: “Volunteering can be a great way to learn new skills, be a part of a team, help a worthwhile cause and give something back.

“Volunteers are often parents with young children, retired people, students, young people seeking work experience and part-time workers.”

n For more information or to get involved contact 07585 504670 or email gemma.hinds@dlraa.co.uk

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