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HAMPSHIRE and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is calling on the community to raise cash for the charity.

The fundraising is to mark National Air Ambulance Week.

The charity is asking people to sign up and take part by putting on fundraising events, dressing up or down at school or work, or making a donation.

There are a number of events taking place across the county, including a classic car run to Petersfield and the PoWWoW event on the St Clare ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne

This sees teams of four walking on treadmills and peddling on static bikes during the trip.

The events have either been arranged by the charity or dedicated volunteers.

Clive Dickin, national director of the Association of Air Ambulances, said: ‘By supporting your local air ambulance, you will be making a huge difference, as every penny raised will go a long way in helping to save lives within your community.’

Chief executive officer of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance John Perry said ‘We’re delighted with the response from the community of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

‘We receive no funding from the government or the National Lottery for operational purposes, and so we rely on the generosity of the people of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to maintain the service.’

The charity says new AAA wristbands are available at the events and more can be ordered by calling (023) 8033 3377.

To find out more about how you can get involved in fundraising for the charity, e-mail enquiries@hiow-airambulance.org.uk, or visit hiow-airambulance.org.uk