Air Ambulance charity thanks dedicated volunteers in Rugby - The Rugby Observer

Air Ambulance charity thanks dedicated volunteers in Rugby

DEDICATED volunteers at a Rugby charity have been thanked by the life-saving organisation to which they devote their time.

The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS) is highlighting and celebrating its volunteers’ commitment which keeps its missions airborne – including Alex Martin at its Rugby HQ, and Ryan Sturgess at its charity shop in the town.

Alex Martin enjoys how his role lets him help the cause and meet new people.

Alex, 17, is one of the charity’s office-based volunteers. He dedicates his time to help the Supporter Experience Team with mailings and sending out letters to the charity’s supporters.

He said: “I started volunteering because my mum works for the charity and she told me about the service and how I could help and encourage more support to help them raise more money, as well as go to events and do different things.

“So, then I said absolutely, I want to help out, and I became a volunteer.

“The best part about my volunteering role is that I get to help the cause and meet so many new people, and it’s amazing how much support the charity gives out in the community to different people, saving their lives.”

“You get to see how many amazing people are in the TAAS team, those who help out behind the scenes, not just on the frontline, but actually in the office helping out, doing different things and keeping the charity running.

Ryan helps customers at the charity store’s till, opens and sorts donations, and carries out other errands involved in keeping a busy store running.

He said: “My mum started working for the charity in 2011, and a year after I finished college I became a volunteer in the Rugby shop.

Ryan Sturgess says volunteering at the Air Ambulance’s Rugby shop is a fun way to meet new people and gain confidence.

“I wanted to get work experience as well as doing something to help the charity.

“I enjoy all the jobs, but the best bits are working on the till, helping our customers, and sorting out the CDs and DVDs on the shop floor.

“Being a volunteer is a good thing to do as you are helping our charity while having fun, meeting new people and gaining confidence.”

The charity has made this year ‘the year to volunteer’, and is encouraging others in the community to get involved and experience the joy of giving back.

TAAS Volunteering Engagement Executive Karen Chater said volunteering was not only a way to make a tangible difference but also an opportunity to grow personally, develop new skills, and connect with like-minded individuals.

She added: “When you volunteer, you are making a commitment to share that most precious of resources – your time – to make life better for those who are in need. Our volunteers’ great generosity has had a profound and lasting impact on The Air Ambulance Service.

“On behalf of the charity, I wanted to let all our volunteers know just how much their dedication is appreciated. Whether you are a long-time volunteer or if you have got involved recently, and regardless of how many hours you choose to give, it’s important for you to know that what you do makes a difference.

“Words cannot adequately express the gratitude that we wish to convey. Please know that your volunteerism is recognised, appreciated, valued, and cherished. We thank you and look forward to you continuing to volunteer with us.”

The Air Ambulance Service operates the local Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, as well as services in Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland, and the national Children’s Air Ambulance.

The charity receives no government or National Lottery funding, so the money raised at its stores helps to keep the life-saving missions possible.

Visit or call 0300 3045 999 for more information about volunteering opportunities and how to support the charity.

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