MP backs our air ambulance cause

Nrhn 290813'Donate to the Ripley and Heano News air ambulance appeal this week.
Nrhn 290813'Donate to the Ripley and Heano News air ambulance appeal this week.

Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills has backed The News’ Air Ambulance Campaign as we bid to raise hundreds for the vital sky medics.

Last month we launched our latest campaign to gather as much funds for the Derbyshire , Leicestershire and RutlandAir Ambulance.

The service, which costs 31.7 million a year, relies entirely on donations as it does not receive money from the Government.

Over the past three weeks The News has featured the stories of both Ripley woman Liz Wardman and Tupton man Roger Quinn, who say they owe their lives to the vital charity.

And now Conservative MP Mr Mills has given our cause his backing.

He said: “They are a great charity, and it’s an amazing service they provide and I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the team a few times.

“The fact that they can get out to anywhere in Derbyshire in only a few minutes is fantastic.

“People don’t necessarily appreciate that all their funding is paid for by charity.”

A spokesperson for the charity said: “At the heart of the Charity is a passion for saving lives and a dedication to keeping families together.”

Each air ambulance rescue mission costs an average of £1,400 with the service costing approximately £1.7 million a year to run.

The most common type of incident the service attends is road traffic accidents, but it also attends horse riding incidents, falls, sporting injuries, and medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes.

To donate to the News campaign, send cheques of any amount 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.