Harborough MP pays visit to chopper charity shop

Harborough MP Edward Grnier with Air Ambulance charity shop vounteer Myra Cox

Harborough MP Edward Grnier with Air Ambulance charity shop vounteer Myra Cox

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A Harborough politician got to see first-hand the hard work carried out at a town centre charity shop.

Sir Edward Garnier, MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, visited the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance shop in St Mary’s Place on Friday, June 10.

His visit was timed to coincide with National Volunteer Week.

He met staff and volunteers to discuss the work of the charity and to hear about the role volunteers play in keeping the service flying.

Sir Edward said: “It was a pleasure to meet the staff and volunteers and to hear about the vital role they play in keeping this service running.

“The helicopter had flown two missions on Friday morning and they were expecting the total of 25,000 flights, that’s just one more, to be reached during the day.

“It’s a vital, life-saving service dependent on public support so I urge people to give generously to this very good cause.”

Since Sir Edward’s visit, the total number of missions flown by the helicopter has exceeded 25,000.

The Leicestershire Air Ambulance is based at East Midlands Airport.

In combination with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, which is based at Coventry Airport, the service covers 3,850 sq miles.