During Volunteers’ Week 2021 Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is thanking its family of volunteers and encourage new recruits to get involved with its lifesaving work as part of National Volunteers’ Week celebrations.

The charity, which turned 30 years old in May, is already planning further anniversary celebrations for its supportive family of more than 220 volunteers and supporters. Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from Tuesday 1st June to Monday 7th June, is a special time where the charity shows its thanks to the those that donate their time for free to support its lifesaving work across the Midlands.

The charity relies on donations from the six regional communities it serves, including Shropshire, to fund its daily lifesaving operations. However, the organisation also depends on its dedicated family of volunteers to assist with Covid-safe fundraising activities, ranging from hosting events and supporting in the charity shops to attending networking sessions, providing talks and receiving cheques at presentations.

Due to restrictions resulting from the previous year’s continuing pandemic, the typical ways people usually support the charity with became temporarily unavailable. Now that restrictions have eased, volunteering in the charity’s shops has safely recommenced, however some supporters may prefer to volunteer from home, with the charity’s craft club by learning new or improving existing crafting skills and selling their creations to raise much needed funds for the lifesaving charity.

To get involved with the charity’s Craft Club, visit: midlandsairambulance.com/craftclub

Alternatively, you can get involved with one of the charity’s Shropshire-based shops by emailing: volunteershops@midlandsairambulance.com

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity also has other ways supporters can get involved and volunteer their time from the comfort of their home and virtually. You can do this by:

  • Joining the charity’s Craft Club: Why not sell your creations and support the charity’s lifesaving service by raising funds?
  • Getting involved on social media: Make sure you like Midlands Air Ambulance Charity on Facebook and follow the organisation on Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and encourage family and friends to do the same.
  • If you happen to live on a flight path or main road and see the charity’s helicopters or critical care cars regularly, you could take pictures (where safe and legal to do so) of the charity’s fleet and share them via social media.
  • Joining the mailing list – to receive the charity’s free Take Off magazine and sign up to our regular update emails – email info@midlandsairambulance.com to sign up.

Alison Hill, volunteer manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We are incredibly lucky to have a dedicated supporter base including a committed family of volunteers who ensure our lifesaving service continues to operate. We thank each and every one of them for making so many missions possible each year.

“We are always looking to recruit new volunteers and can offer a range of differing opportunities depending on what people can commit to. We have recently been reaccredited with the Investors in Volunteers award and are proud of the varied volunteering experience we offer.”

To find out more about all the volunteering opportunities available at Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, visit: midlandsairambulance.com/volunteer and follow the organisation on social media.