Our volunteers are integral to the work that we do and support us 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.
"I decided to volunteer for London's Air Ambulance because I feel very passionately about pre-hospital trauma care. As a Student Paramedic at Anglia Ruskin University, my frontline placements are with the London Ambulance Service so this has inspired me to volunteer for London's Air Ambulance.
As a volunteer, I mainly support as a photographer for events which has given me the opportunity to visit the helipad and photograph events such as the Parliamentary Reception at the House of Commons. I have also recently become a volunteer speaker which involves visiting local community groups to tell them about the charity.
I enjoy volunteering because I enjoy meeting and collaborating with such a diverse group of individuals, including charity staff, and doctors and paramedics who have pioneered new life-saving surgical procedures. Alongside this I enjoy volunteering because of the incredibly supportive feedback I've received from my talks by the audience, which reinforces why I joined in the first place.
As a student, choosing to volunteer for London's Air Ambulance has not only opened up plenty of amazing opportunities, but has also given me transferable skills that I am able to take away with me. The communication and team-working skills required to collaborate with the staff and public has enabled me to develop as an individual, and has certainly strengthened my preparedness for future employment.
The advice I would give to other students thinking about volunteering is to sign up! London’s Air Ambulance is such a great charity to be a part of and you will not regret the decision. As long as you prioritise your studies, the volunteering can be a relaxing and worthwhile activity that is so rewarding"
Cornelius began volunteering for London's Air Ambulance in 2013 but his interest in the charity began long before this. As an aspiring pilot, Cornelius made contact with our Chief Pilot Neil Jeffers to find out more about one day flying for the air ambulance. Following a visit to the helipad, Cornelius was hooked and decided to become a volunteer.
In his time as a volunteer he has got involved in a wide range of activities and supported the team in many ways. From putting out collection pots in the community, to helping at events and in the office, Cornelius has become a valuable member of the team. He has even dressed up as our former mascot – Ruby Rescue!
His dream of becoming a pilot has now become a reality and he works as a First Officer for EasyJet. He also continues to support London’s Air Ambulance and is helping us to develop the volunteer speaker role. He regularly delivers talks to community groups, schools and corporate supporters to help encourage others to support us.
"Growing up in London and spotting London's Air Ambulance regularly made me extremely curious to find out about the operation and how I could join their team. I found out you need a lot of flying experience to become a HEMS pilot, and so therefore I decided to volunteer for the charity, and haven't look back since!
I know that using my skills to speak to the community and fundraising for London's Air Ambulance really makes a difference. It continues the already fantastic work by the team to provide such a valuable service to Londoners who are in need of our help. It's also a great joy to work with other volunteers who share the same passion - and long may it continue."
Ann, Office and Events
Ann has been volunteering for London's Air Ambulance for over two years, helping with a variety of events, talks, collections and regularly supports our office team in producing thank you certificates for our supporters.
Ann became involved with the charity when she organised a memorial lunch for her partner Marianne who was attended by our team. She sadly passed away in March 2014 and Ann’s determination to support the charity has grown ever since. The lunch raised over £650 and since then Ann has decided to regularly volunteer to support the charity that is so close to her heart.
Since becoming a volunteer, Ann has brought her enthusiasm, passion and zest for life to all her volunteering activities.
‘I enjoy volunteering as it enables me to meet new people. I find supporting the charity rewarding, as it helps to spread the word within the community and raise awareness that London’s Air Ambulance is a charity and needs our support.’