Donating a penny a dozen from the eggs it sells has allowed Alford egg producer L J Fairburn and Son to take its support for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance to £16,000 since 2013.
Fairburn’s Lynette Fleeting and Tabby Ward met the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance’s medical crew and fundraising team, where they got a sneak peek behind the scenes of the emergency service that responds to some of the most serious 999 calls across the two counties each year.
Tabby said: “We feel really honoured to have been given the opportunity to meet the crew and see the Ambucopter up close today. Seeing all of the equipment on board makes you realise what a lifeline this emergency service is to the region.”
Lynette added: “Doing our bit and raising money to help save more lives in extreme situations makes us very proud. We’re a family business with our roots firmly in Lincolnshire, and with most of us and our family and friends living locally too, you never know when it might be one of us that needs to call on the support of the air ambulance.”
Gemma Shaw, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, said: “Our aim is to continue to provide our patients with the very best and most advanced critical care possible outside of a hospital environment.
“We are extremely grateful to Fairburn’s for their donations. As a Charity we receive no direct Government funding, so every penny really does make a difference and helps us to keep our helicopter flying in the skies, saving lives 365 days a year.”
The crew at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance are called out to around 1,000 medical emergencies each year, including road traffic accidents, cardiac arrests and farming accidents, with each mission costing the Charity approximately £2,500. The funds raised by Fairburn’s will go towards helping the Charity in its commitment to offer a 24-hour Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. The local air ambulance has recently extended its hours of operation by covering Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with 24-hour coverage. In 2019, the Charity will continue to gear up to full 24-hour coverage and it is anticipated that these additional hours will enable the crew to attend about 400 more potentially life-threatening emergencies across the two counties every year.