Volunteering for Air Ambulance
Last week four of our team volunteered to help with a bucket collection at The Oracle in Reading for our charity of the year. We arrived (in Santa hats), collected our tins and donned our tabards ready to try and collect as much as possible for BOB Air Ambulance.
We split into two teams, with two standing by the John Lewis exit and two by the Boots exit (we tell you the locations so that next time you visit The Oracle you can make sure you look out for Air Ambulance volunteers)! The cynic in us anticipated being ignored by almost everyone, and raising only a few pounds. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the generosity of the shoppers. Without having to say much more than ‘Good morning’, donations started being dropped in to our tins almost immediately.
It was so lovely to hear comments such as “I do take part in the Air Ambulance lottery too” and “You never know when you’ll need them, such a worthy cause” as people dropped their money in. The Air Ambulance receive no Central Government funding nor do they receive any National Lottery funding – it all comes from donations, and so they (and we) are so grateful to all those shoppers who stopped to chat, pick up a sticker, and just donate their small change (and to those who donated big change)! At the end of the day, our team of four had raised a total of £471.49, which we are really happy with.
The Air Ambulance are greatly indebted to all who support them, and help to raise the £2.8 million per annum necessary to maintain the service across Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.
Merry Christmas to you all.