6 Jun 2018
National Volunteers’ Week provides a chance to say thank you for everything our volunteers do. To celebrate, we’re sharing just a few of their stories and the contribution they make to our charity. Former patient Nigel shares his journey to volunteering, and how he donates his time to help our service save lives.
Why did you decide to volunteer for London’s Air Ambulance?
“I had hardly any memory of my accident. I wanted to find out what had happened and wished to thank those involved in saving me. I met with the doctor and paramedic from London’s Air Ambulance who had administered the emergency treatment that kept me alive long enough to make it to hospital. It was at this meeting that I discovered the breadth and depth of the work done by the service. Most importantly, like most Londoners, I had no idea that London’s Air Ambulance was a charity. So it was a no-brainer for me to volunteer to help raise funds.”
How do you volunteer for the charity?
“I have acted as co-driver, travelling around different areas of London to pick up and replace collection pots that are full. I have also been putting out collection pots in new locations. I was recently able to distribute around 30 pots in various shops and pubs in my local neighbourhood. There is a lot of admin involved with these pot collections, so I have also recently been helping in the office.
“Finally, I have put my occupational skills to use for the charity and have got involved in networking meetings, where we try to raise awareness of and support for the charity amongst the corporate sector.”
What’s your favourite thing about volunteering?
“Meeting numerous people who are passionate supporters of the charity. When I do my charity pot collections, I regularly meet people who sing the praises of London’s Air Ambulance, often because they have had friends or family who have needed it.”
What would you say to someone who is thinking about volunteering?
“Stop thinking about it and start doing it. One day they or friends/family might need the help of London’s Air Ambulance. What struck me most during my time in the ICU was the variety of accidents people had had whilst innocently going about their daily lives. Accidents can happen to anyone from all walks of life but there is only one London’s Air Ambulance.”
If you’re feeling inspired by Nigel, we would love for you to join our team of volunteers in London. Find out more about the opportunities we have available.