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Air Ambulance charity receives financial boost from local company

L-R: Jeremy Butler, Tarmac Barnstone’s optimisation/implementation coordinator; Alex Foster, Tarmac’s electrical craftsman and Jim Vickrage, Nottingham Manager for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance

The success of a safety campaign run on site has led to a substantial donation being made by Tarmac’s Barnstone cement plant to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.

The charity is one of the UK’s leading Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS), funded purely by volunteers and fundraising events.  It is not part of the NHS and receives no direct Government funding.

Steve Odell, Barnstone Plant manager explained: “It is a pleasure to be able to support this fantastic charity which has completed over 20,000 life-saving missions since it launched in 1994.  We actively support organisations and our local community as much as we can, but this donation came via an unusual route.  In support of an on-site safety campaign, employees were asked to vote for a local charity to receive a significant donation.  The Air Ambulance was overwhelmingly the number one choice.”

Jim Vickrage from the charity added:  “It is hugely appreciated that the staff at Tarmac voted for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and it’s appropriate the donation has come through a safety campaign.  Donations like this go a long way to supporting the work of our charity, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year.    At a time when every second counts, the arrival of our iconic yellow helicopter really can mean the difference between life and death.  Donations like this mean that we can continue our life-saving work for many more years to come.”

The charity transports the equivalent of an A&E department to people suffering from the most serious of illnesses and devastating injuries, providing the best possible treatment as quickly as possible.