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Two charities which help people when they need it most are appealing for help as the new year gets underway.

The volunteer emergency doctors’ charity, East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme has recently benefited from some individual supporters’ efforts in Rutland to the tune of £1,700.

Over the last few months a lady in Oakham, Margaret Wright, has been knitting over 100 soft toys for the charity, known as Emics, to sell at Gates Nursery in Cold Overton. Her efforts raised £200 while another long time supporter of Emics, Jane Jones has handed over a cheque for £1,500 as a result of her fundraising during the year. Jane also handed over a similar sum to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Air Ambulance.

Chairman of Emics Dr Tim Gray said: “We continue to be ever so grateful for the donations from our local supporters especially from Jane Jones who has raised many thousands of pounds for us over the years and to one of our latest Mrs Margaret Wright.

“These contributions go towards providing the essential equipment that our doctors carry to assist them in their life saving work.”

Doctors with the charityies are all volunteers who are fully trained in trauma work and respond to calls to attend serious emergencies in support of staff from the East Midlands Ambulance Service.

The scheme receives no Government support and needs to continually raise funds to purchase equipment.

Anyone wishing to support Emics can do so by phoning on 07909 547 156 or by visiting www.emics.org.uk.

Meanwhile, The Air Ambulance Service - the umbrella charity for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance - has launched an appeal for more volunteers.

It comes after statistics show that the number of call-outs in 2014 increased by more than 100 missions compared to the previous year.

Throughout 2014 the three most common types of accidents or emergencies the service attended were road traffic collisions, at 43 per cent, medical emergencies, at 15 per cent, and sports injuries at 13 per cent. Their crew also attended industrial incidents, falls, and other serious 
crises.

To volunteer, or to donate to the service, call 08454 130999 or visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk and click on ‘Get Involved’.