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Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance launches volunteer recruitment drive

This New Year, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) is challenging people across the county to make a New Year’s resolution that will give something back to the community.

In January HIOWAA launched a volunteer recruitment drive in a bid to recruit more volunteers. The charity, which currently has 120 volunteers who fulfil a number of roles, hopes to increase its volunteer base to 200-250 volunteers.

Volunteer Co-ordinator Kirsty Davies commented ‘Volunteers are the backbone of any charity and HIOWAA is no different. As the charity grows, so does the need for more volunteers to enable us to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives. We already have a really strong team of supporters helping the charity and we’re looking to build on this success.

On January 17th, the HIOWAA Volunteer Roadshow hit the road, and will be visiting Andover on Thursday 22nd January 10am-4pm at The Guildhall, Andover.

The charity has volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life, and has a number of different roles that need filling; helping out at events, collecting collection pots, giving talks and lending a hand in the charity office.

‘It currently costs just over £4,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying, and our costs are set to rise when we begin night flying later this year.’ Kirsty continued. ‘Without the support of our volunteers, we truly could not do it. It’s as simple as that.’

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