EHAAT Volunteer: Lesley
In light of Volunteers’ Week we decided to ask some of our Volunteers about what they do for the Charity. Essex & Herts Air Ambulance have over 300 Volunteers that are vital in keeping the Charity operational. Lesley has been with EHAAT for 2 and a half years and has been a pleasure to work with.
Why did you decide to volunteer at EHAAT?
My husband was president of the Rotary Club. He chose Essex & Herts Air Ambulance as their chosen Charity and hosted a fundraising ball to raise money for this life-saving service. I arranged two visits to the airbase and decided that I would like to volunteer for the Charity.
What did you do before you volunteered for EHAAT?
I was in the travel industry for 44 years. For 20 years I owned my own travel company: Escorted Tours Round the World. I was involved with everything from the organization of the tour to accompanying the groups on the trips. I have been fortunate enough to travel all over the world.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I volunteer! I have just been voted District Governor for Rotary International for Essex and East Herts by 2,000 in the district.
What kind of activities do you get up to whilst volunteering with the Charity?
I get involved with many areas of the Charity such as:
- Visitor centre tours
- Count the donations in the finance department
- Give talks to the public about the Charity
- Sell merchandise at events
- Collect cheques
- Marshaled at the Griffin Colchester Half Marathon. I also used by contacts at the Rotary Club to get 30 other volunteers to help at this event, which raised £60,000 for the Charity.
- Ambassador for the Summer of Open Gardens event.
- Data inputting
What events have you been involved in?
I have been a marshal during the Colne Valley Cycle Ride, a hostess at Strictly Air Ambulance and was involved with the bucket collections at Motorcycle Run & Harwich Family Fun Day to name a few!
What has been your favourite moment when working with the Charity?
There have been many highlights at the Charity but my absolute favourite is doing the airbase tours. These provide you with a chance to meet the crew and see the helicopter, which is just incredible. My favourite Airbase visit included former airlifted patient Maisie, her two sisters and parents. It was very humbling to talk to them after they had experienced first hand the need of the life-saving Charity and I am still in regular contact with Maisie’s parents.
Contact our Volunteer Team today and find out how you can support your local life-saving Charity.