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Coronavirus: Fundraising ideas wanted for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Coronavirus: Fundraising ideas wanted for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 5:15pm 17th April 2020.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is calling on supporters to join a fundraising challenge in April to help raise vital funds for the life-saving charity.

  • The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is asking supporters to join a fundraising challenge in April.  
  • The charity needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep its helicopters flying. 
  • It estimates the coronavirus outbreak will cost it more than £400,000.

The charity, which operates two helicopters, needs to raise £12,000 every day to keep saving lives.  It estimates the coronavirus outbreak will cost it more than £400,000.

‘The 2.6 Challenge' was created to help raise money for UK charities on the date that would have been the London Marathon, the world’s biggest one day annual fundraising event.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Yorkshire Air Ambulance helicopter

To take part, you need to think of a challenge to complete on or from the 26th April, ask for donations and nominate someone you know to do the same.  The only requirement is that the activity must follow the Government guidelines on exercise and social distancing and remember to stay local.  This could be anything from cycling 26 miles on an exercise bike to doing 26 laps of your garden, taking part in  26 hours of screen free time or even baking 26 cakes.

Helen Callear, Director of Fundraising (North and East Yorkshire) for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance said:

“The YAA relies entirely on the generosity of individuals and organisations to keep both of our helicopters in the air, costing £12,000 a day.

With many of our fundraising events cancelled throughout the year, we’re looking for new and innovative ways to raise much needed vital funds to support the Charity.

The 2.6 Challenge is a great way for people of all ages to start their fundraising journey and help support the YAA.  Many of our staff are motivated to get involved themselves along with their friends and families. We are really looking forward to seeing and hearing about all the fantastic ideas everyone has for their own 2.6 Challenge!”

For more information on how to take part and donate, click here.