CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE December 2019
Hello all LRBB members,
As we approach the new year, I thought it appropriate to summarise the highlights of what has been a busy 2019 for our group.
During the last quarter of the year we saw a significant intake of new members, which is always great news and ensures we have the strength in depth to continue to provide our free out of hours service to our regions NHS hospitals and teams.
In November we started a new service in support of the maternity units at the Leicester Royal Infirmary and Leicester General. We also extended our Air Ambulance coverage to six days a week and are now in discussion with other teams within the hospitals regarding the possible introduction of additional out of hours services in 2020.
Throughout 2019 we have benefited from the excellent support given to us by Reflex Vehicle Hire and MCA, with venues for events, fundraising opportunities and the all important fleet van. A very big thank you for this support and we look forward to working with both companies in 2020.
2019 also saw a significant uplift in funding provided to the group. We were thrilled to have been selected as the chosen charity for the Commercial Fleet Awards, which, on the evening raised an incredible £2,500. Avon Tyres has also very kindly offered to provide a set of tyres for each of our fleet motorbikes and we look forward to receiving these in the New Year.
Our single largest donation was received in 2019 and this was for a staggering £20,000, which meant that we could purchase a new Yamaha FJR for the fleet.
We move into the New Year with a strong membership and great support from the hospital and Air Ambulance teams, group members, local businesses and members of the public. We have some exciting plans 2020 for raising the awareness of who we are and what we do and I will share these with you in due course and in February we we will be guests of Leicester Tigers, for a fund raising event at their home game against Wasps.
Do please try and make it to our next supporters meeting (date TBC), as it is always great to meet with you all and we plan to vary the content of these meetings and where possible, have a variety of speakers join us at the forthcoming meetings. It is also a great platform to update you all on future plans for the group, as well as an opportunity for you to meet and chat with the committee and to share your thoughts and suggestions with us.
I’ll try and add other updates in the near future and if you want to get in touch with me, please use firstname.lastname@example.org or if you use any of the committee emails via the committee tab on this web site.
In the meantime, may I wish you all a very Happy New Year!