Franklands turn orange to go the distance for the Air Ambulance
The Air Ambulance Service has flown more than 35,000 missions in the fight to save lives making it one of the busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK. Franklands chosen charity for 2019 and 2020 The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service completed 3,933 missions in 2019 alone.
Written by Paul Brown on 30th January 2020
The Air Ambulance Service has flown more than 35,000 missions in the fight to save lives making it one of the busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK. Franklands have chosen The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service to be their charity of the Year for 2019 and 2020. The Air Ambulance Service completed 3,933 missions in 2019 alone.
The rapid response of the service is vital in an emergency situation, if a patient reaches hospital within the Golden Hour (60 minutes after their injury), their chances of survival are dramatically increased.
The service receives no Government, or National Lottery funding. Each mission costs £1,700 and in excess, so public and business donations are essential to keep their air ambulances operational and as one of the missions flown in 2018 was in response to a tragedy within the Franklands’ family, the decision to raise money for the service was a unanimous decision.
Amongst the usual fundraising raffles, bakeathons and tombolas we look to undertake a physical challenge to boost the kitty and the opening of the Orangetheory Fitness studio on The Wyvern in Derby offered that opportunity.
Orangetheory Fitness is a science-backed, technology-tracked, coach-inspired group workout incorporating cardio, indoor rowers, weight training blocks and floor exercises designed to deliver a longer, more vibrant life.
Orangetheory has kindly offered the services of their professional coaches and use of their studio and equipment for the challenge, which will require Franklands staff to cover a distance of 273 miles over four hours. This equates to the total number of hours flown by the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance Service in 2019.
Franklands’ charity organiser Lorraine Newham-Miles said "the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance Service is a very deserving charity that is very close to our hearts and we are determined to break through the pain barrier to make a meaningful contribution to the charity. We greatly appreciate the help and support of Orangetheory Fitness in this challenge”.
Adam Busby, Regional Business Manager for Orangetheory Fitness, Midlands & Northern England said, "bringing our unique concept of achieving wellness through scientific exercise to Derby is very exciting for us and when Franklands explained what they were trying to achieve, for this very worthy cause, we were delighted to offer our help”.
To support this initiative please access our Just Giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/franklandsturnorangetogothedistancefortheairambulance