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Sep 16

Becoming a volunteer for Yorkshire Air Ambulance is all in a day’s work for Robin Owen-Morley.

The 67-year-old has joined the rapid response emergency service after a 25-year career with Leeds Building Society.

And his first job as a Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) volunteer – to collect a cheque for more than £2,700 from Leeds Building Society!

Robin, who was Head of Management Information at the Society, has also been treasurer of the Society’s Colleague Charity Group who have chosen to support Yorkshire Air Ambulance over the last two years.

“I have worked closely with the team at the YAA for the last couple of years and have been really inspired by what they do,” said Robin from Halifax.

“I’ve heard presentations from people whose lives have been saved and visited the charity’s air base at Nostell to see first-hand the amazing work they do.

“Being about to fully retire, I feel very honoured and excited to be part of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and it was lovely that my first job was to collect so much money donated by colleagues at Leeds Building Society.”

The £2,710 was raised through a range of yellow-themed fundraising events held on Yellow Yorkshire Day at the Society’s Leeds Head Office and in each of its 27 Yorkshire branches. It brings the total raised for Yorkshire Air Ambulance so far to more than £15,000.

Kerry Garner, Regional Fundraising Manager for the YAA added “Our volunteers are vital in helping us to raise awareness and we are absolutely delighted to have Robin on board.

“It’s been lovely to work with him and the team at Leeds Building Society and we’d like to thank everyone there for their fantastic fundraising efforts. We really are very grateful.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) serves 5million people across Yorkshire and carries out over 1,250 missions every year. The charity needs to raise £12,000 every day and is currently replacing their two ageing aircraft with brand new, state-of-the-art Airbus H145 helicopters.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about becoming a YAA volunteer, please visit their website www.yaa.org.uk for more information.

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