Campaign support from MEP

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A member of European Parliament has backed the Advertiser’s campaign to raise £300,000 for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

MEP Derek Clarke said he had been a ‘staunch supporter’ of the charity for years and he was ‘delighted’ to support the joint fundraising efforts of the Advertiser, the Mansfield Chad and the Hucknall and Bulwell Dispatch.

He said: “This service saves hundreds of lives every year and I’m delighted to support the campaign by this group of newspapers.

“The service is crucial and it relies on public support.

“The newspapers deserve huge credit for the campaign and I’m confident the public will get behind them,” added the UKIP MEP.

UKIP has been a loyal supporter of the air ambulance services nationwide, with Mr Clarke supporting a campaign last year to scrap VAT on fuel for the helicopters.

An e-petition, supported by UKIP, got more than 100,000 signatures.

The Advertiser joined the ambitious campaign to raise £300,000 back in the summer, and received backing from Eastwood MP Gloria De Piero last month.

Charity chiefs described the target as ‘the biggest donation they will have ever received’.

Each mission costs Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance service £1,000. The service. which is charity-funded, currently carries out in the region of 300 rescue operations in Nottinghamshire each year.

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