Air ambulance comes of age

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Celebrations to mark 21 years since the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance first airlifted a patient were held at the charity’s Market Rasen shop.

Town mayor John Matthews, who supports the air ambulance as one of his chosen charities, cut the cake alongside long-serving volunteer and shop manager Margaret Lakin-Whitworth.

Rasen’s ‘Ambucopter Shop’ has been going for more than 20 years and Margaret has been part of the volunteer team for all that time.

“We started out in a little garage at Middle Rasen, then we moved into temporary premises in the market place, next to the betting shop,” she said.

“Then it was a big move into Queen Street and two years ago we crossed the road to our current site.”

And over that time, they have now raised more then £55,000.

“I remember we started out selling little green badges to raise money for the first helicopter, but things have moved on since then” added Margaret.

Joining in the celebrations at the shop were some of the many volunteers, along with Lincs Shops co-ordinator Sally Marsh, who said: “We have 14 shops in the two counties and they couldn’t be as successful as they are without our hardworking volunteers. We can’t thank people enough for supporting us by donating items and for their custom.”

Sally is currently looking for volunteers at the Wragby shop, especially for Saturdays, and she can be contacted on 01522 548469.