I have chosen two charities to support during my term of office:
Renew169 Wellbeing Café and Your Local Air Ambulance.
Renew cafés offer simple quiet shared space where it is OK to not be OK.
It is a safe space where people with emotional or mental health difficulties are welcomed, with an aim to reduce loneliness and isolation. Visitors can be assured of a warm welcome and someone to listen.
Your Local Air Ambulance Service for Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, and Rutland, covers a total area of 3,850 square miles, serving a population of 3.2 million people. They receive no government or national lottery funding to support their daily missions and rely entirely on the generosity and support of the general public to keep life-saving services running, so they can be there for those who need them most.
Their vision is clear. They want children to grow into adults, adults to live longer and they want bereavement through trauma to become rare. Each of their services works tirelessly to save lives and alleviate sickness, wherever and whenever possible.
The Air Ambulance critical care paramedics, doctors, and pilots attend an average of ten rescue missions a day and within minutes, they can be on the ground delivering life-saving care at road traffic collisions, sports events, and industrial accidents or for medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, stroke or accidents in the home.
The Air Ambulance gives people the very best chance of survival and recovery. Their helicopters have a top speed of 185mph and carry the very latest lifesaving equipment. The Air Ambulance team is supported by Critical Care Cars which provide valuable backup for incidents close to the helicopter base or when the weather makes it too dangerous to fly. It also enables their doctors and critical care paramedics to run a night car service so that they are available to reach those in need 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
Learn more about the Air Ambulance here.
I look forward to saying hello, and raising as much as we can for these two really important charities over the next 12 months.
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