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Police Commissioner provides free storage facility to support life-saving charity

POLICE and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite has offered Magpas Air Ambulance a free storage facility to help the charity raise important funds.

Magpas Air Ambulance brings crucial life-saving care 24/7 by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies across the East of England and beyond.

The charity, which has been providing its specialist service for over 46 years, costs almost £5 million a year to run and relies totally on public donations.

The Commissioner has offered space at Monks wood free of charge for a temporary period to enable Magpas to expand its fundraising activity over the coming months.

The charity has been offered 50 pieces of luggage a month from Stansted Airport to help raise vital funds. All the luggage is security screened and checked for personal belongings and medication, before being handed over to the charity for auction. The next ‘Lost Luggage’ sale will be held in October and November, with the recent May event raising £6,000.

 Magpas Air Ambulance’s Head of Community Fundraising, Debbie Florence said:

“Our lost luggage sale that took place earlier this year proved to be a huge fundraising success and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work not only alongside Stansted Airport, but also our emergency services partners at Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Without the support from local organisations and individuals such as Jason Ablewhite, it would be impossible to host events on such a large scale. It is through their kindness that we can continue to do what we do, and in turn our enhanced medical teams can continue to  use their specialist skills and knowledge to not only save lives, but help people with serious injuries or illnesses to return to a good quality of life.”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Jason Ablewhite said:

“I am delighted to be able to support Magpas – the work the charity does saves countless lives and it’s hugely important that we do all we can to make sure the service continues.”

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