Air ambulance rescuers will be able to make 20 more potentially life-saving missions thanks to funding.
The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance has renewed its partnership with Thomson Airways - securing funding for another year in the process.
Staff at Thomson Airways’ East Midlands Airport base have donated almost £34,000 since the partnership began in September 2015.
Money is raised in a variety of ways by Thomson pilots, cabin crew and ground staff based at the airport – from bake-offs to bungee jumps – and complements contributions made by passengers on the airline’s East Midlands-bound flights.
Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance fundraising manager Collette Richardson said: ‘The renewal of this agreement is excellent news.
“It really will enable us to keep saving lives across the local community.
“It costs us £1,700 to fly each mission and so such an amazing contribution will help us tremendously.
“We are very grateful for the support of everyone at Thomson and their passengers.’’
Anne Reynolds, Thomson Airways’ base support manager at East Midlands Airport, said: “The work that the air ambulance do is so deserving of support, and we are delighted to be able to do so by providing funding for life-saving journeys.
“We are proud to be based in, and fly from, the East Midlands – and it’s a pleasure to be able to give something back to the community.
“I would like to say a huge thank you to all my Thomson Airways colleagues, and our generous customers, whose generosity makes this partnership possible.”
Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance flies two regional air ambulances across five counties.
These two helicopters provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of 3850 square miles covering many of the UK’s major road networks including the M1, M6, M69 and M42. With an average response of just 13 minutes, between them they attend on average six missions a day.
To donate to the air ambulance, visit the charity’s website theairambulanceservice.org.uk