Two city schoolgirls recognised as fundraising champions by Children’s Air Ambulance charity - The Coventry Observer

15th Aug, 2022

Two city schoolgirls recognised as fundraising champions by Children’s Air Ambulance charity

COVENTRY schoolgirls Evie Barriscale and Irina Kunc have raised more than £430 for the Children’s Air Ambulance national charity.

Evie, 10, from Finham, and 14-year-old Irina from Coundon have dedicated their time to a variety of fundraising efforts including creative lockdown projects.

The money will help fund life-saving missions by The Children’s Air Ambulance (TCAA) – an inter-hospital transfer service flying critically ill babies and children from one hospital to another for specialist care.

The AgustaWestland 169 aircraft fly approximately four times faster than a land ambulance, therefore minimising travel times and the risk for young patients – with each child transfer costing around £3,500.

The two girls are both members of #TheCrew, a club for children linked to the charity. Irina has now achieved her Silver Award for raising £119 and Evie her Gold Award for raising £313.

Both girls will be receiving a new certificate and club ID badge as well as discounts in the charity’s retail stores in recognition of their fantastic fundraising efforts.

Youth Development Manager for TCAA, Anoushka Brown said: “We are so happy that they enjoy being members of #TheCrew and we are so grateful for their brilliant fundraising – it really is such an honour to present them with their well-deserved silver and gold awards!”

As part of #TheCrew, children can learn about saving lives, helicopters, medicine, fundraising and how a charity works. The club offers advice and teaching on community work, volunteering, working as part of a team and supporting good causes – which form part of many school curriculums.

“It is completely free to join and, once signed up, members will receive an awesome welcome pack.”

The club has also launched a month-long Mascot Competition until November 18 encouraging children to sign-up and get involved for a chance to win a family pass to a theme park of choice, as well as a visit to TCAA helicopter base.

Anyone wishing to find out more about the charity, #TheCrew or competition, can call 0300 3045 999 or go to: childrensairambulance.org.uk

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