999-service in volunteer call

PUBLISHED: 13:48 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

VOLUNTEERS from across Uttlesford are needed to support Essex Air Ambulance s latest recruitment campaign. The charity attends more than 300 different events each year from country shows and seasonal balls, to school fetes and garden parties. And it needs

VOLUNTEERS from across Uttlesford are needed to support Essex Air Ambulance's latest recruitment campaign.

The charity attends more than 300 different events each year from country shows and seasonal balls, to school fetes and garden parties.

And it needs a host of new volunteers, particularly to help manage merchandise stands at events and to collect fund-raising tins from their towns and villages.

Essex Air Ambulance's volunteer manager, Wendy Byland, said: "Our volunteer opportunities are open to anyone in the community and to people of all ages and experience.

"We want to hear from people whether they simply have time to spare, are at school or college and looking for work experience or are seeking an opportunity that can be added to their CV.

"We want to keep the Air Ambulance flying into the future and this will only be possible with the help of committed volunteers and fund-raisers."

There are also a number of other opportunities, including public speaking, cheque presentations and projects.

The charity has also announced details of its eighth annual Motorcycle Run, which will be held on Sunday, September 16. Participants will leave Ford Dunton Technical

Centre and make their way to historic Harwich.

Fund-raising team member Jane Lambert said they were delighted to be able to host the fantastic event again this year.

"The Air Ambulance receives no National Lottery or Government funding and it costs in excess of £105,000 per month to keep it flying," she said.

"We are totally reliant upon fund-raising and donations from the people of Essex who give generously in order to keep the county's emergency helicopter service in the air.

"Last year more than 4000 bikers took part in the Motorcycle Run and helped to raise an incredible £28,000 for the emergency helicopter, and we hope to smash our £30,000 in 2007."

The event is being held in partnership with Harwich Connexions, Essex Police Motorcycles and Essex FM.

For more details call Wendy Byland on 01787 221828.

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