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Janet Wright, right, volunteering at the YAA stall at this year's Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend
Janet Wright, right, volunteering at the YAA stall at this year's Hebden Bridge Vintage Weekend
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Yorkshire Air Ambulance is appealing for more volunteers in the Todmorden area to help them raise more awareness and funds.

Last year 14 people living in or visiting the Todmorden area were flown to hospital by the emergency rapid response charity.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) West Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser Kerry Garner said: “We are attending an increasing number of incidents in the Calder Valley area and volunteers play a pivotal role in raising awareness and making it as easy as possible for people who want to support us.”

The emergency rapid response charity – which has to raise £9,990 every day to keep its two helicopters flying - is looking for volunteers to help in a variety of ways – from running stalls and attending events to giving talks and collecting tins.

Janet Wright, from Todmorden, has supported the YAA for many years and became a registered volunteer for the charity three years ago.

“Local people really appreciate having the YAA as the nearest hospitals are over 20 miles away by road,” said Janet.

“The speed that the helicopter can reach people and then take them to the best hospital for their injury or illness is just fantastic.”

To find out more about volunteering contact Lisa Blezard by email l.blezard@yaa.org.uk or call her on 07876 899 097.