Former patients invited to help Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance celebrate 30th birthday

by | 6 April 2024 | Local Charity, Retford

People treated by Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA) are being invited to get in touch and help celebrate its 30th anniversary.

LNAA first became operational in May 1994 and since then has responded to over 28,500 missions. Its pilots, doctors and paramedics provide the very best pre-hospital emergency care possible to some of the most seriously ill and injured people in Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire.

To mark 30 years, the charity is encouraging former patients or their families to get in touch and share their stories.

LNAA’s Patient Liaison Manager, Hayley Burton, explained: “We have treated thousands of patients, and they are at the heart of everything we do. It is wonderful when former patients allow us to share their stories as they highlight how vital our life-saving service is within our local communities, whilst recognising the amazing work of our crew who respond, in average, to four potentially life-saving missions daily.”

If you or a loved one has ever needed the services of LNAA and would like to share your story, they would love to hear from you at

Knitting up a storm

As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations due to start later in the year, LNAA are also calling all nifty knitters to join together to create the largest yarn bomb ever seen!

The charity’s aim is to cover the whole of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire with hundreds of yellow helicopters and spread the message about their life-saving work. And they need knitters and crocheters to help create this mammoth masterpiece.

There are three ways people can take part. Individual knitters can create a single mini helicopter and display it in a local shop, pub, church, or other community space. More adventurous knitters are being asked to let your imagination soar and design a unique, eye-catching postbox topper, just make sure it includes a yellow knitted helicopter!

Or the ultimate challenge is to yarn bomb your community and join forces with fellow knitters to create a cornucopia of colour.

LNAA’s Volunteer Manager, Kate Kerrigan said: “It is so easy to get involved. Just grab your knitting needles and some yellow yarn and register your interest with Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance at We will then send you your knitting pattern which designer Amanda Berry has kindly allowed us use as well as lots of information to help you get involved.”