New North West Air Ambulance Charity Shop Lands in Longridge!
On Friday 28th September, the North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) launched a brand new store in Longridge, its 10th in the North West.
The emergency helicopter charity touched down at 10am with the help of deputy mayor of Longridge Town Council, Councillor Steve Ashcroft, cutting the ribbon.
Local shoppers were welcomed through the doors of the Longridge at Home store on Berry Lane, to browse quality furniture, from beds to sofas and dining tables, alongside household goods, clothing, bric-a-brac and books, with every purchase helping to fuel the work of the lifesaving service, in Longridge and beyond.
Wendy Lynch, the newly appointed store manager, commented: “I’ve seen the impact the air ambulance has had in Longridge and the Ribble Valley, and I’m excited to work with a team who are all eager to give back to a local charity that means so much to so many. We can’t wait to settle the shop into the community, and meet our neighbours, new customers and friends.”
Paul Freethy, Senior Retail Operations Manager at the charity, said: “The shop has come together beautifully, and as our charity and service grows, it’s important we provide a centre for our local supporters to shop, chat and aid our service.”
“Our brilliant crew have attended nearly 1,000 missions since April this year, and the need for our lifesaving service has never been greater. As the charity doesn’t receive government funding or support from the National Lottery, it wouldn’t be possible to operate without the generous donations we receive through our retail stores, such as Longridge. We hope the community are excited to celebrate and support our crew’s incredible efforts in the new store.”
The store is appealing for quality used goods, dropped off either directly at the counter, through its handy drive-up donation station or by arranging a free collection from home. By signing up to Gift Aid, supporters can even make their donations up to 25% more valuable – at no extra cost.
You can find the North West Air Ambulance Charity Longridge shop at 60 Berry Lane, Longridge, Preston PR3 3JP.