Rutland Laundry to host 24-hour ironathon to boost air ambulance funds

Mandy Black irons a shirt as part of the fund-raising 24-hour stint
Mandy Black irons a shirt as part of the fund-raising 24-hour stint
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ANYONE who hates ironing has the perfect opportunity to hand the job over to someone else in the name of charity.

Mandy and Terry Black will host a 24-hour ironathon at the Rutland Laundry in Oakham next month to raise money for the county’s air ambulance service.

The couple are appealing for clothes to iron and volunteers to help out.

Laundry owner Mandy said: “For this to be successful we need items to iron so we’re appealing for people to support us.

“It will be a great opportunity for people to treat their wife or mum by paying to get her ironing done for a week.

“We’ll be charging £1 per item which we feel is a small price to pay to help keep our helicopter flying and saving lives in our community.”

The event will run for 24 hours starting at 1pm on Saturday, April 28.

Through word-of-mouth volunteers have already come forward to do the night shift but Mandy is hoping to recruit more people to take part during the day from 1-8pm on Saturday and 8am until 1pm on Sunday.

Help is also needed to sort all the ironing which goes in and out of the laundry during the day and anyone willing to help serve refreshments will also be welcome.

Staff from the Red India restaurant in Melton Road, Oakham, have already pledged to supply food for the volunteers during the day.

The team have set themselves a fundraising target of £1,000 which will be donated to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance.

Laundry bags and pre-pay envelopes with Gift Aid forms will be available at the laundry in the run up to the event for people to deliver their items of clothing to be ironed.

Anyone who wants to volunteer for the challenge or who would like to have their clothes ironed can contact staff at the Rutland Laundry on 01572 756927.