Midlands Air Ambulance Charity has two high street stores based within Shropshire helping to raise much needed funds for the vital, pre-hospital emergency service, and is encouraging you to get involved and shop local.

Despite closures throughout the pandemic, last year, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s five high-street shops and customers generated monies to fund 172 lifesaving missions – 59 air ambulance and 113 in the service’s two critical care cars.

There are several benefits to local high-street charity shops with Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, here’s a top five of them:

  1. Help save lives: Buying from Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and shopping local means the money you spend goes directly to helping save the lives of the most seriously ill and injured people, in your local area.
  2. Sustainability: When you purchase something from Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, you are buying a pre-loved item that has been used previously. So, by charity-shopping, you are helping to reduce waste and recycle.
  3. Bag a bargain: Charity shops are the perfect place to find a bargain and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity offers good prices on all its pre-loved stock. In addition, the stores hold regular promotions on selected lines.
  4. Sharing is caring: By donating your pre-loved goods, you are not only being nice to the environment, you are also sharing the love with others and giving them a chance to enjoy them too.
  5. Give the gift of Gift Aid: When donating goods to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity stores, you are able to also add Gift Aid, which means that an extra 25 per cent will be donated by the Government with no extra cost to the purchaser of your items. This ensures that even more of the charity’s daily lifesaving missions are made possible.

Anil Gupta, head of retail for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “Our charity shops offer some great benefits to the communities surrounding them. Whether that be retail roles to help others develop skills and gain new experience through volunteering, giving customers the option to shop locally and in a sustainable way or even just competitive prices on good quality, pre-loved goods.

“The biggest benefit, of course, is that for each purchase made and each item donated in our charity shops, lifesaving missions are made possible across the Midlands.”

To find out more about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s local high street shops visit midlandsairambulance.com/charityshops and follow the shops’ pages on Facebook:

Shrewsbury: Facebook.com/groups/maacshrewsbury

Wellington: Facebook.com/groups/maacwellington

The Shrewsbury Shop.