The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) has launched an emergency appeal to keep its lifesaving service funded.
The North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) service is said to attend around 2,500 missions to provide help to eight million people each year, with its world-class care becoming increasingly more specialised over the last two decades it has been flying.
But despite still providing this advanced pre-hospital care to patients in need right across the region and continuing to support the NHS on the frontline throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, it has lost an estimated £71,000 in revenue each month since the first national lockdown.
This loss is said to equal 20% of the charity’s income in the past year alone.
The ongoing pandemic has had a severe impact on the organisation, with store closures, cancelled fundraisers and postponed events all contributing to a dramatic dip in funds.
The service – which flies three helicopters in the region, and is entirely dependent on public and corporate donations – now says it needs more than £9.5 million a year to continue, which is why it has launched an urgent appeal for funding.
The appeal for funding is to ensure the life-saving fleet never needs to be grounded in the future.
Sarah Naismith – Director of Income and Engagement at NWAA Charity – has urged anyone in a position to donate to do consider doing so.
She has insisted that any donations received would allow the charity to continue its crucial work.
Speaking on the importance of the appeal, Sarah said: “COVID-19 has disrupted everyone’s lives, it’s threatened to grind down our friends in the NHS, and it’s placed financial and operational strain on our charity.
“The crew have continued their lifesaving work every day, supporting the NHS and working side by side with the ambulance service, however, the disruption to our fundraising revenues is significant and we don’t take sharing this news lightly”.
She continued: “Without funding, we may not be able to continue to make a critical difference to patients.
“For 21 years, we have always been blown away by the generosity of our supporters, and we wouldn’t be here without them, so with our work at greater risk than ever before, any donations will allow us to continue to reach and treat patients in need, and give them the best chance of survival.
“Help us help people across the North West.”
If you would like to make “a life-saving donation” to The North West Air Ambulance (NWAA), then you can simply text HELPNWAA5 to 70085 to donate £5, or you can visit the NWAA website.
More information on the services provided and the support needed can also be found here.
Coca-Cola confirms the Christmas Truck is coming to Manchester this weekend
Coca-Cola has finally confirmed the news we’ve all been waiting for… the Christmas Truck will be in Manchester this weekend.
December is here, the temperatures have plummeted outside, and the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ is nearing closer and closer by the day – but it’s not Christmas until you’ve gone and got a Coca-Cola from the giant red van is it, right?
Well luckily, we won’t have to wait too much longer to get to do that once again.
The soft drinks company confirmed that ‘Holidays Are Coming’ a couple of weeks back, with the UK tour of the iconic Coca-Cola Christmas Truck now well underway, and having visited other major northern cities such as Leeds and Liverpool over the last few days.
And now, Coca-Cola has revealed that the legendary van is coming to Greater Manchester this weekend, and will be stopping off at the Trafford Centre for one day only.
The much-loved festive symbol will be arriving outside the shopping centre tomorrow (Saturday 2 December) from midday right through until 8pm to provide “the ultimate Christmas celebration”, with a whole host of activities planned for families of all ages.
The 2023 Coca-Cola Christmas Truck journey will be packed with “interactive experiences for visitors to immerse themselves in”.
Anyone who heads to the Trafford Centre from midday tomorrow will first be welcomed by a walk-in, snow-filled bauble that invites them to “step into a winter wonderland for the perfect holiday snapshot”, all before making a stop at the ‘Ho-Ho-Hoop Hut’ to take part in a fun festive game for the chance to win a selection of prizes – including meal-inspired rewards, and recycled Christmas tree decorations.
Families can then finish off the tour by posing for a memorable photo opportunity in front of the iconic Coca-Cola truck.
Visitors are welcome to listen to the Coca-Cola Christmas choir as they perform a set of carols too.
Fancy it then? If you’re ready to kick-start Christmas the right way, then make sure you get yourself down to the Trafford Centre from midday tomorrow.
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Tesco has slashed the price of one-litre bottles of Baileys by more than 50%
Tesco has slashed the price of one-litre bottles of Baileys by more than 50%, and they’re now available to get your hands on for a limited time only.
With December officially here, and the festive season nearing closer by the day, most UK supermarkets are rolling out deals left, right, and centre to help shoppers save a few pennies during ‘the most wonderful time of the year’ as the cost of living crisis continues – and it seems like Tesco is absolutely no different.
That’s because the retailer has decided to knock a whopping £12 off the regular price of one-litre bottles of one of the best-loved Christmas tipples.
Fans of the classic Irish cream liqueur drink will probably want to run not walk to their nearest Tesco to stock up on Baileys ready for the big day to arrive, as big bottles of the festive favourite have been reduced from £22 right down to just £10, and are now available to fill your basket with.
But… there’s a bit of a catch (isn’t there always?)
Not only is the over half-price offer only available for a very limited time, and due to expire at the end of next week, but shoppers will only be able to buy the one-litre bottles at the impressive £10 price if they’re Tesco Clubcard customers.
You were probably expecting that’d be the case, right? The supermarket – which is well-known for the savings it offers via is loyalty card scheme all year round – is giving Clubcard users up until Monday 11 December to nip to their nearest branch or head online to the Tesco website and buy as many bottles of Bailey’s as they fancy.
As part of the supermarket’s commitment to “keep prices low” until the end of the year, stuffing, roast potatoes, cranberry sauce, and even tin foil have all seen their prices slashed as the retailer aims to help those struggling to cover costs.