THE AIR Ambulance charity superstore in Stratford is celebrating its soaring success since opening four months ago.
The Your Local Air Ambulance store ‘landed’ on Birmingham Road in November 2022 and was transformed from a former Topps Tiles store, selling new and pre-loved homeware, furniture, clothing, electricals, and brand-new white goods.
And since opening, the superstore has generated an impressive £76,551 worth of sales, funding almost 50 lifesaving missions for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
This enables the charity to continue saving lives at road traffic collisions, sports events, medical emergencies – such as cardiac arrest and accidents at home – and other incidents needing expert pre-hospital medical interventions.
The superstore has also received 2,465 bags of donated goods since November, which have provided vital income for the charity, but they continue to require the support of the community for further donations of new and preloved items.
The charity receives no funding from the government or National Lottery for its daily missions and relies entirely on donations to raise the £1,700 needed for each rescue mission. The support from the local community keeps its helicopters and Critical Care Cars operational.
Sari Nagy, Stratford store manager, said: “We would like to say a big thank you for the fantastic support we have received from the local community since we opened. We appreciate each and every donation we receive, but to keep our crews delivering lifesaving critical care 24/7, 365 days per year we still need your support, especially with donations of bric-a-brac and furniture.”
And the charity is celebrating its 20th anniversary of providing lifesaving service across Warwickshire and Northamptonshire in 2023. To help mark the momentous milestone the charity is asking for supporters to send in any photos, footage, clippings, or share their stories to help showcase how well the service has developed over the years.
To get involved visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk or call 0300 3045 999.