Donations will keep air ambulance flying

editorial image

SHOPPERS at a Leamington supermarket have made donations to a cause which saves lives and helps people across the county.

A team from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) collected cash from customers at Sainsbury’s in Leamington Shopping Park on Saturday morning.

Pilot Dan Martin and paramedic Angela Hand were joined by volunteers and charity representatives.

Marketing manager Kate Childs was among those shaking a tin for the cause.

She said: “The WNAA relies entirely on charitable donations to operate as we receive no Government or National Lottery funding.

“As the busiest air ambulance in the country we flew over 1,300 missions last year, at a cost of more than £1,000 per mission.

“Our state-of-the-art helicopter and highly trained crew allows us to effectively take the hospital to the accident scene and provide medical intervention within minutes, often meaning the difference between life and death.

“We need to raise over £1.5 million a year to keep this vital service operating and saving lives.”

The air ambulance is one of the supermarket’s chosen charities.

For more information visit www.wnaa.co.uk or to make a donation call 0845 413 0999.