Chair of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor Celia Brooks, raises £1,070 for Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance

Posted on: Wednesday, May 22, 2024

The Chair of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Councillor Celia Brooks, presented a cheque to her chosen charity, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, a critical service providing emergency medical transportation across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

The incredible sum of £1,070 was raised through Councillor Brooks dedication and hard work on behalf of the charity, which was supported by collective efforts from Newark and Sherwood District Council’s staff, Councillors, and Edwinstowe Parish Council through seasonal raffles and a cake sale. Councillor Celia Brooks in her commendation of the charity, stated: “During my tenure as Chair, I was keen to promote the fantastic work of Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance. I chose them because any resident, regardless of age or ability, may be in need of their service one day.

"All the money we raised was from Newark and Sherwood District Council staff, Councillors, and Edwinstowe Parish Council, and I think the amount raised for such a worthy cause really demonstrates the kindness of all of those who got involved and donated.  My thanks goes to them all."

While in office, the Chair of the Council supports a charity of their choosing. They collaborate with the selected charity to raise awareness about its cause and actively participate in fundraising activities.

Steph Bradshaw, Community Fundraising Manager, from Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, expressed her gratitude, saying: “As a charity, we rely heavily on fundraisers like Councillor Celia Brooks to keep our helicopter flying and our critical care cars operational. A heartfelt thank you goes to everyone who donated – your contributions make these lifesaving missions possible!”

“We attend on average four potentially life-saving missions a day, your support means we can operate 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and we receive no government or NHS funding for our daily missions.”

The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, renowned for its rapid response and expert medical care, covers an impressive 3,500 square miles and has embarked on over 28,000 life-saving missions since its inception in 1994. Operating without direct government funding and facing £13m in operational costs, the charity relies solely on the generosity of donations to maintain its critical services.

The funds raised will directly contribute to the charity’s ongoing expenses, including aircraft maintenance, medical equipment, and crew training, ensuring that the highly skilled doctors, paramedics, and pilots can continue to provide the best possible chance of survival to those critically ill or injured in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

Councillor Celia Brooks concludes, “Anyone wishing to find out more information about the charity or how to donate, can do so by visiting the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance website at