North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) staff flew into Piccadilly Gardens today in a bid to get donations soaring.
The airborne paramedics have been touring the region all week to help secure vital funds as a part of National Air Ambulance Week.
Staff, medical crew and volunteers were on-hand in Manchester to demonstrate the life-saving equipment they use in emergency situations every day.
Jenny Haskey, Head of Fundraising at the North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “National Air Ambulance Week is one of the most important dates in our calendar. It gives us the chance to engage with our supporters and raise awareness of our service, as well as give an insight behind the scenes.
”With it also being our 15th anniversary, this particular year is very special and we hope to see lots of people get on board with our campaign and help us raise the funds we need to continue our vital work across the North West.”
Today we’re at Manchester Piccadilly Gardens as part of our Heli Hero roadshow for #NAAW2014 – we can’t wait to see you all!
— NW Air Ambulance (@NWAirAmbulance) September 25, 2014
— PendletonNW (@PendletonNW) September 25, 2014
The Heli Hero Roadshow has seen them visit Lancaster, Preston and Chester this week before they round out their fundraising efforts in Liverpool tomorrow.
As a part of the campaign, the NWAA are encouraging Mancunians to indulge in some blue sky thinking to come up with ways to fuel their campaign to raise the £4.3 million needed each year.
Suggested methods for fundraising include the likes of a cake sale and sponsored runs as well as hero-themed non-uniform days and fancy dress parties.
— Louise Lloyd (@Louise_E_Lloyd) September 24, 2014
— This is MC2 (@MC2Manchester) September 23, 2014
The North West Air Ambulance has been running for more than 15 years with a three-helicopter fleet that ensures that staff are never more than ten minutes away from a hospital in the region.
But the service, which has completed more than 11,000 missions, is a non-profit charity and requires volunteers and funds to keep the rotors spinning and the roadshow aims to draw up support for the group.
National Air Ambulance Week takes places from September 22-28.
To make donation online click here or you can text HERO to 70300 to donate just £3
Those interested in volunteering should contact the charity on contact 0800 587 4570
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