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Network Homes lands new fundraising relationship with local air ambulance charities

Helicopter flying through cloudsWe have chosen to support the London, and Essex and Herts Air Ambulance charities as our chosen Charity of the Year.

The Charity of the Year is chosen by our staff; there were open nominations and then the top four moved forward to be voted on by everybody. Both organisations received nominations as staff from the Wembley and Hertford offices had personal experience with both charities.

Member of staff Julie Algar was keen to nominate an air ambulance charity for Network Homes to support, as she credits them with saving her brother’s life when he was seriously injured at work in 2017.

Julie Algar, Tenancy Support Assistant at Network Homes said: “The Air Ambulance team worked on him at the scene and were fantastic. My family and I cannot thank them enough. They face traumatic scenes every day and are continually saving lives. You never know if you or a loved one may need their help one day, so to be able to help them is brilliant.”

We are aiming to raise £10,000 across the course of the year through different sponsored events. Staff receive two days paid volunteering leave each year and will be able to use this time to take part in fundraising events.

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We are so pleased to offer our support to these worthy organisations for the coming year. One of our staff members knows first hand the valuable work air ambulances do to support the seriously ill and injured in our communities. We look forward to a great year of fundraising and learning even more about these amazing organisations.

Helen Evans, Chief Executive of Network Homes

Lucy Brooks, Head of Corporate Development at London’s Air Ambulance said: “We are thrilled to be working with Network Homes as their new Charity Partner alongside Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. The partnership will not only help us to raise funds, but also awareness of our life-saving work, as it will enable us to engage with people across London in the communities that we serve. It costs £10million each year to provide our service so we really rely on the generosity of people, organisations and businesses in London to help us be there should someone need our rapid response care.”

Natasha Robertson, Fundraising Manager at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance said: “We’re delighted that Network Homes has chosen to support us alongside London’s Air Ambulance. We work closely together to care for critically ill and injured patients across the region. With no direct funding from the Government or National Lottery, we depend on the generosity of the people and businesses of Essex, Hertfordshire and beyond to raise the £750,000 we need every month to keep the service operational, so we really appreciate this support from Network Homes. We very much look forward to working closely with Network Homes during the year, with their help they are able to keep us flying!”