The Specsavers stores support office based in Nottingham has raised £5,000 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The team have been working with the charity since 2013 carrying out a range of fundraising activities, which has most recently included a member of the team running the London Marathon. 

‘We held a staff vote at the beginning of last year to decide which charity we were going to support and the Air Ambulance was a clear winner,’ said Louise Furby, product team communications manager. ‘We hadn’t envisaged raising quite that much money in just one year – it’s a fantastic effort and we want to say thanks to everyone who supported us.’

Jim Vickrage, from Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, said; ‘We think that the next financial year will see the charity break the £2 million mark in terms of our costs. Without the help of brands like Specsavers continuing to run would become increasingly difficult. 

‘Our aircraft currently attends an average of almost four incidents per day and saves the lives of around 1,000 people per year. We have no political agenda, no age, race or religious boundaries. We are just there to help people.  So thanks once again to Specsavers - you really are making a difference.’

The support office will be continuing to work with the Air Ambulance this year, following the team’s unanimous pledge to support the charity again.

The Air Ambulance offers improved pre-hospital care for visitors and residents in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. It responds to 999 calls and transports emergency transfers to specialist units outside the region. The Trust relies entirely on voluntary donations, legacies, covenants and corporate sponsorship. 

For more information on the charity visit www.ambucopter.org.uk

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