Lions donate £2,000 to Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Lion Maurice Upton, Development officer Nicky Massen, Paramedic James Vine, President Stuart Arnold and Lion Jenny Wade
Lion Maurice Upton, Development officer Nicky Massen, Paramedic James Vine, President Stuart Arnold and Lion Jenny Wade

Lion president Stuart Arnold, accompanied by three club members, visited YAA’s Air Suport Unit to present a £2,000 cheque to their charity fundraisers.

The donation comprised the money raised by participants in the Lions Pram Race in July, Sicklinghall School, Wetherby Tennis Club, the Windmill at Linton, Castlegate Stationery, HMP Wealstun, Wetherby Musical Theatre Group and Wetherby Police which amounted to £1,025.62. It was matched by the Lions Charitable Trust to total £2,000.

The subsequent guided tour included seeing the BBC’s permanent facility for producing the television programme Helicopter Heroes, Helimed 99 itself and the operational side of the YAA. One little known fact to emerge was that the YAA takes a proactive role by monitoring 999 ambulance calls and offering its services for suitable calls rather than waiting to be summoned.

The YAA is a charity supported totally by donations and needs to raise £2.65 millions ayear.

You can read about Wetherby Lions at wetherbylions.com and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at yaa.org.uk