Our volunteers are integral to the work that we do and support our work in many ways. From helping in the office to supporting at community events and collections, many of our supporters give up their time to help us every week.
With a variety of different types of roles and time commitments, there is something for everyone. So if you are keen to support London's Air Ambulance then why not volunteer in our office, out in the local community, driving our charity cars or in our charity shop?
To find out about how our volunteers help us and why they choose to support London's Air Ambulance, please see below for some of our volunteer stories.
DOREEN, COLLECTIONS AND EVENTS VOLUNTEER
'I HAVE SUPPORTED OTHER CHARITIES IN THE PAST BUT COULDN'T SEE HOW MY DONATION MADE AN IMPACT. BY VOLUNTEERING I CAN SEE THE DIFFERENCE I AM MAKING.'
Doreen began volunteering for London’s air ambulance after seeing our helicopter land near her home in south London. She was interested in learning more about the charity and spoke to our pilot to find out more. He informed her that she was able to support us as a volunteer so she visited our website to find out more.
Doreen has now been helping us with collections and events across London including helping at the abseil, cheering our runners and riders at our challenge events and collecting at Tesco, Asda and on board the Woolwich ferry.
'I enjoy being a volunteer because you get to meet many different people and hear how in some way London’s air ambulance has helped someone. When you see the helicopter flying off on a mission you can point to it and say 'I helped with that'. I find it really rewarding to know that standing in a supermarket collecting donations from members of the public has saved a life.'
ELLE, COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
‘I STARTED VOLUNTEERING TO GAIN AN INSIGHT INTO WORKING IN THE THIRD SECTOR DUE TO MY PLANNED CAREER MOVE AND WHAT STARTED AS A PLATFORM FOR GAINING NEW SKILLS TURNED HAS INTO SO MUCH MORE.’
Elle joined us as a volunteer in 2015 as she wanted to gain experience of working for a charity before seeking employment in the sector. Elle supports the Community Fundraising team in the office on a weekly basis and has assisted with events such as the British 10k charity run, the Bermondsey Street Party and recently took part in fundraising collections during National Air Ambulance week.
‘I enjoy volunteering for London's Air Ambulance very much because it is providing me with a totally new experience. After working in administrative role in engineering for 12 years I am enjoying a new challenge and doing something different. I find the fundraising part very exciting, and enjoy attending the events.’
‘What started as a platform for gaining new skills has turned into so much more. I feel very passionate about London's Air Ambulance and the fantastic job they are doing. I admire and respect the people I work with and consider myself very lucky to be given such an opportunity to witness how the organization operates from the inside, and to contribute in my small way towards such a worthy cause. I visited the helipad which has made it even more real. To witness how dedicated and professional the medical team and the pilots are made me realise even more how important their work is. Seeing the doctor and paramedic rushing to the helicopter in order for it to be airborne in less than 3 minutes - increasing the chances of saving a life - is very inspiring and definitely not your average day in the office!’
SHIRLEY, SHOP VOLUNTEER
'LIKE SO MANY PEOPLE, I HAD NO IDEA THAT LONDON'S AIR AMBULANCE WAS A CHARITY. WHEN I RETIRED I WANTED TO DO SOME VOLUNTARY WORK AND CHOSE LONDON'S AIR AMBULANCE, BECAUSE ALTHOUGH THE MEDICAL TEAM HELP SAVE LIVES EVERY DAY, IT IS A LESSER KNOWN CHARITY AND SPECIFIC TO LONDON.'
Shirley has volunteered at the London's Air Ambulance shop for over a year and helps out at least once each week. Our shop at the Royal London Hospital sells London's Air Ambulance merchandise and is a great way for us to interact with our supporters.
'I love working in the shop at the Royal London Hospital. I like meeting and talking to people and you meet such a cross section in the shop, from fellow volunteers, hospital staff, patients and visitors. Also, the office staff are extremely supportive and make you feel like an important member of the team and part of their 'family'.'
'I get a lot of satisfaction out of being a volunteer. When I see that red helicopter flying out to an emergency call, I feel very proud that, in some small way, I am helping. Then when you have an ex patient visiting the shop, who tells you their story of how the trauma team saved their life, it's the best feeling ever!'
Richard, collections and events Volunteer
'I had some time to fill while between jobs and wanted to put it to good use. I saw an advert looking for volunteers for London's Air Ambulance and knew that it was a cause that I wanted to be involved in. I enjoy feeling that I can put some spare time into good use and it feels good to be part of a team that is helping to provide such a valuable service to London.'
Richard has been a London's Air Ambulance Volunteer for over two years and has taken part in many different activities. From supporting the Corporate Team in the office to helping at Events and Collections, Richard is an avid supporter of our work.
During his time with us Richard has taken part in Community collections including at Liverpool Street station and various supermarkets. He was also part of the volunteer team supporting the 5k Family Challenge Event and assisted with charity days at some of our corporate supporters offices.
'I've met some great people, both the staff and other volunteers and it feels good to be working together towards a goal. It has also given me the opportunity to get involved in some activities that I wouldn't usually do such as abseilling off the helipad!'