Supporters of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) have been flocking into its clothing shop in Belper to donate their unwanted handbags and raise vital funds for the service.
The Charity staged a ‘Hand In Your Handbags’ campaign from 21st April to 4th May with the aim of receiving enough handbags to fill its Augusta 109 helicopter.
This year, the Charity’s 28 shops received a staggering 2,665 handbags. It is believed that this has bagged the Charity an amazing £10,000 – which would be enough to pay for six rescue missions.
The shop in Belper received a total of 137 handbags. That’s nine handbags a day.
Hannah Coventry, Senior Retail Area Manager for the Charity, said: “This was our retail shops’ first handbag amnesty campaign and the support and response from our customers has been overwhelming. This will make a significant difference to shop sales over the coming weeks and is a wonderful contribution to the Charity. We would like to thank everyone who donated a bag & helped us achieve such great results on our first amnesty campaign.”
Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) receives no Government funding and relies solely on public donations to raise the £1,700 required to carry out a rescue mission.
The Charity’s shops across the country are always on the lookout for any unwanted clothing, accessories and bric-a-brac to sell in-store and raise vital funds for the Charity. To find your nearest shop, please go to: www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/shopping.