Welfare gets behind our air medic appeal

Nrhn 071113' 'From left to right is Ian Blythman fm derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance alongside Marleen Wild and Alan Reynolds, who regularly organise events at Heanor Miners' Welfare.

Nrhn 071113' 'From left to right is Ian Blythman fm derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance alongside Marleen Wild and Alan Reynolds, who regularly organise events at Heanor Miners' Welfare.

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Staff at Heanor Miners’ Welfare raised more than £2,000 for the air ambulance as our campaign to support the sky medics gathers pace.

Back in August we launched our bid to support the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance - after hearing several stories of how local folk were saved by the charity. But as the service costs £1.7million a year and receives no funding from the Government - it needs your support to stay in the air. This week the charity is £2,250 better off after staff and regulars at Heanor Miners’ Welfare gathered the funds through a series of events over the year, including a rock and roll night .

Welfare secretary Susan Hamilton said: “It costs £1,500 to send a helicopter up every time . We actually went up to East Midlands Ariport to meet the team. It’s amazing what they do.”

To donate to the News campaign, send cheques to Ripley and Heanor News Air Ambulance Campaign, The Air Ambulance Service, Hazell House, Burnthurst Lane, Princethorpe, Warwickshire, CV23 9QA.

You can also donate via debit card over the phone on 08454 130999.