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17th Aug, 2022

Husband-and-wife volunteers honoured by life-saving charity

A VOLUNTEERING husband and wife have received a platinum award from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s (WNAA)

Dave and Jess Upstone have been volunteering for the lifesaving charity since 2003, with a want to help the service continue to save lives.

Jess explained: “Back in 2003, a representative from the charity gave a talk trying to drum up support for the charity because it was in its infancy – we both worked for the NHS so knew how important it was to give people the best care possible and as quickly as possible.”.

Since they began volunteering for the vital cause, the dedicated duo have brought in nearly £138,000 for the charity.

Sue Haslett, WNAA head of volunteering, said: “Our volunteers help in a variety of different ways across the charity, whether they’re raising funds out in the community, supporting in our offices or warehouse, delivering projects, or helping in our shops – every hour that they give makes a difference.

“We couldn’t operate without them, and I’d like to say a big thank you to Jess and Dave for their incredible dedication, and to each other volunteer for their ongoing support which helps us to save lives.

The charity has over 1,200 dedicated volunteers – and with over 50 different volunteering roles it is always looking for more people to donate their time or expertise.

Jess added: “Volunteering has just become part of our lives, we started, and we couldn’t stop, we enjoy being out in our communities and helping to put the message of the charity’s work out there, we also like feeling a part of the charity – our maths has gotten better too,” added Jess.

Visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk for further details on volunteering.

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