Can your school be helicopter heroes?

Child creating helicopterWelcome to Create-a-Copter, a fun and inclusive school fundraising activity designed to inspire your pupils’ imaginations and creativity. As they create their helicopters, they’ll learn about our service, our charitable status and the roles, responsibilities and careers within our organisation.

It is really simple to take part:

  1. Click on the link below to register
  2. Start planning your Create-a-Copter activity with the help of our handy guide (link)
  3. Create your helicopters and fundraise for London’s Air Ambulance Charity.

Our main Create-a-Copter activity runs from September to November, but you are welcome to take part at any time during the academic year.

Resources

We have created all the resources you need to participate in our new fun and inclusive school activity to support London’s Air Ambulance Charity.

Download our resources

Frequently asked questions

Is there a minimum fundraising target to take part?

No, there is no minimum target. Your school can set its own target based on what you feel is reasonable. If you meet that target you can always change it and aim to raise more. It is entirely up to you!

How can we create our copters?

Your pupils can create their copters any way they like. From recyclable materials like cardboard to Lego bricks or even pasta shapes! Budding bakers could cook up a copter cake creation, while aspiring artists could paint or draw their helicopters.

Are there restrictions on how we create our copters?

No, you and your pupils are only restricted by your imagination! You can create your copter from anything you want, from clay to felt to pasta shapes! Aspiring artists could model or paint a copter, while budding bakers could cook up a copter cake creation!

Why do we need to fundraise for London’s Air Ambulance Charity?

Not everyone knows that we are a charity that relies almost entirely on the support of the people who live, work and travel through London. It costs around £10m a year for us to provide our life-saving service. Since 1989 schools have played a vital role in helping us reach our fundraising targets, with pupils, parents, families and teachers using their imagination, creativity and enthusiasm to help raise the money we need to keep our helicopters flying.

How can we fundraise?

There are lots of ways you can fundraise via your Create-a-Copter activity. You could encourage a donation with every copter or invite parents, guardians and families to your school for a special exhibition of your pupils’ amazing creations.

How can we pay on our donations?

Once you have registered we will send you details on how to set up a secure online fundraising page which you can use to pay in donations or share with parents, families and friends. Alternatively, you can pay in your life-saving fundraising in a number of ways. Please see below for more options.

What will you share about careers within London’s Air Ambulance Charity?

While it might be too early for your pupils to know what they want to do when they finish their education, it isn’t too early to let them know about the range of possible jobs available in an emergency service charity like London’s Air Ambulance. From paramedics, doctors, pilots, safety crew and fire officers, to fundraising, communications and marketing, we can provide age-appropriate information about career opportunities.

Who do I contact if I have questions or need some support?

You can email our dedicated Community Fundraising Team at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as we can, usually within 24 hours. If it is an urgent enquiry then you can call 0203 023 3300.

Paying in your fundraising

There are a number of ways you can ensure your fundraising reaches London’s Air Ambulance Charity so we can put it to good use saving lives in London

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Set up a fundraising page

Create a secure online fundraising page you can share with your supporters or pay in cash sponsorship. It is quick and easy.

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Donate through our website

Donate through our website and select the ‘OTHER’ option to fill in any details we might need to know so that we can make sure you are thanked for your donation.

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Call us

You can make a card payment over the phone by calling our dedicated Supporter Care Team on 020 3023 3319.

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Send us a cheque

You can send a cheque, made payable to ‘London’s Air Ambulance’, to our head office: Community Fundraising, 5th Floor, 77 Mansell Street, London, E1 8AN