4th Jun 2021

We want to say a huge thank you to our incredible volunteers who support us with their time and energy, so generously.  

While much of our volunteer activity has had to pause due to the pandemic, our volunteers have adapted and continued to support our charity in the most inspiring ways. From delivering online talks to taking on personal challenges, managing collection pots locally and helping with projects from home - just to name a few.  

Your support keeps us flying and ensure we continue to deliver life-saving care, which we are so very grateful for.  

We have spoken to a few of our incredible volunteers to hear about their experience of volunteering with us. You can read their stories below.  

Hilary and Sandy, Volunteer since 2014 & 2019

Our volunteers Hilary and Sandy

What do you enjoy the most about volunteering? 

Hilary – “The buzz. Having chosen this charity, I love to be a part of it and to help”. 

Sandy – Knowing that I am supporting a worthy cause gives a great sense of satisfaction – meeting new people is also a bonus”. 

What have you missed the most about volunteering during the pandemic?  

Hilary - “Actually doing the volunteering”  

Sandy - “Not meeting people and having a purpose to fill the day”. 

What is the funniest, strangest or interesting thing that has happened to you while volunteering? 

Hilary – “Finding the charity were going to sell pin badges and then coming into the office to find the counting room with hundreds of boxes to be sorted.” 

Sandy – “The strangest thing I found was the amount of foreign money that is donated. It is good to know that visitors to this country care about our service. We also see a lot of old coins that are no longer in circulation.” 

What have you discovered about London’s Air Ambulance since you started volunteering? 

Hilary – “I've learnt that the Air Ambulance team are inclusive and make me feel welcome”.  

Sandy – “As an administrator for the operational side of London’s Air Ambulance, I never knew how much went on behind the scenes. People are working very hard – employees and volunteers, to keep the service running”. 

What does London’s Air Ambulance Charity mean to you?  

Hilary – “It is such a great charity to be part of. I love the challenge to try to help”.  

Sandy – “The charity work very hard to gain funds to keep the helicopter in the air, thus saving many lives. Everyone is so committed to the charity”. 

Terry, Volunteer since 2010   

Our volunteer Terry

What do you enjoy most about volunteering?

“I suppose being associated with such an iconic brand that performs such a vital role in the lives of Londoners. Also educating the public when I talk to them.”  

What have you missed the most about volunteering during the pandemic? 

“The social interaction between the London’s Air Ambulance staff, volunteers and speaking to the public”.  
 
What is the funniest, strangest or interesting thing that has happened to you while volunteering?  

“A certain celebrity gave me a one-pound coin donation in my bucket at Paddington Station, but a fellow once gave me one hundred pounds at Marylebone Station.” 

What have you discovered about London’s Air Ambulance since you started volunteering? 

“It's amazing how little the public know about the service and that it’s a charity. I’m always educating people”. 

What does London’s Air Ambulance Charity mean to you?  

“London’s Air Ambulance has become an integral part of my life. I can’t imagine not volunteering for the charity”.  

Simon, Volunteer since 2019  

Our volunteer Simon

What do you enjoy the most about volunteering?  

“Speaking to customers or visitors in premises or shops, explaining how important London’s Air Ambulance is, explaining their work and thanking people for their assistance”. 

What have you missed the most about volunteering during the pandemic?  

“Many businesses have not been open, resulting in less cash used for purchasing and being placed in collection pots”.  

What is the funniest, strangest or interesting thing that has happened to you while volunteering?  

“Talking to a receptionist in a premise, she informed me that she had been a patient of London’s Air Ambulance, and told me about her recovery and gratitude for the charity”.  

What have you discovered about London’s Air Ambulance since you started volunteering?  

“The number of mission and the geographical area that the crew attend. The different injuries they deal with and hearing stories from former patients”. 

Find out more about volunteering opportunities at London's Air Ambulance Charity

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