A WOMAN who teaches line dancing in Oswestry has raised enough money to fund 85 Midlands Air Ambulance Charity lifesaving missions.

Sandra Speck, born and raised in Birmingham but now lives in Shropshire has, since April 2009, held annual fundraising events in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

In October 2020, she bumped up her fundraising total by donating a further £10,000, funding 14 of the local lifesaving charity’s missions this year alone – three air ambulance and 11 in the organisation’s critical care cars.

But a modest Sandra thanked all those who gave her support.

She said: “I would like to thank all of my dancers and supporters for helping me raise another fantastic amount of monies, this year.

"It really wouldn’t be possible for to support my chosen charity without you.”

Over the past 11 years, Sandra has managed to raise a staggering £123,288 worth of funds for the rapid response, pre-hospital emergency service, through her ‘dance-a-mile’ event and various other fundraising activities.

The total equates to a potential 85 lives saved – 46 air ambulance missions and 39 missions in the charity’s two critical care cars have been made possible thanks to Sandra’s passion for heel digs and helicopters.

Maria Jones, Shropshire fundraising executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Sandra, for her loyalty and commitment to Midlands Air Ambulance Charity over the years.

“She is a wonderful supporter of our charity and I’ve got to know her and the dancers well over the years, she and the team really do our service proud and we simply can’t thank her enough.

“Its generous people in the communities we serve that enable us to continue treating some of the Midlands most critically-ill and injured patients, every day.”

For more information on Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, you can visit midlandsairambulance.com and follow the organisation on social media.