Students at a school in Kettering were encouraged to recycle used beverage cans to help raise funds, prevent precious metals from going to landfill and save lives.
Students and staff at Park Junior Academy joined with other communities in northern Northamptonshire to collect as many aluminum cans as possible to build an air ambulance helipad.
North Northants First Responders frontline health volunteers, who work alongside the East Midlands Ambulance Service to answer 999 calls, collected the cans to help the Helipads For Hospitals charity.
The school community drank, cleaned and crushed thousands of cans, with the first load already handed over to the organizers of the appeal.
Sharon Lynham, Can Collection Coordinator, said: “We have collected mountains of cans. It is an effort of the whole school community. Right now we are really aware of recycling and we have seen the first responders at North Northants picking up the cans.
“When we mentioned this initiative to our children we weren’t expecting such a stunning response, we were amazed at the number of cans our children and their families brought to school. They said how good they are. feel proud of themselves for doing something that could help save lives. ”
Nine-year-old student Amy said: “I am so proud because we are helping those who need our help to get to the hospital faster and we are saving lives.”
Eight-year-old Ellexis added: “What we are doing is really helpful because the helicopters have to land in fields near hospitals and take another ambulance, which will prevent them from needing to be driven and save their lives. life.”
Helipads For Hospitals was created by a former RAF pilot and air ambulance. Their goal is to collect 80 tons of unwanted aluminum cans to use the raw material to form an alloy strong enough to build an on-site helipad in hospitals.
The first hospital they fundraise for is the Leicester Royal Infirmary, where the air ambulance currently has to land in a nearby park using a ground ambulance for the last mile to A&E, wasting precious time .
Every year in the UK 16.2 billion cans are emptied and only around 2.5 billion are recycled.
Stacey Price of North Northants First Responders said: “We are exceptionally grateful for the generosity of all the children and teachers and further a big thank you to our local community who emailed us and organized fundraisers that we have. do around our answer and own jobs.
“We now have a compactor that allows us to collect crushed cans, so please start crushing cans where possible to allow us to manage storage more efficiently.
“We are overwhelmed with the support of the community and the ultimate goal is to have helipads in the hospitals with the hope that if any of us ever need them, they will be there.”
Anyone wishing to collect cans for the helipad call for North Northants First Responder Hospitals should contact them directly.
Stacey added: “If you can pick up your cans in a black bag and contact us when it’s full, we’ll be happy to come and pick them up at a convenient time for you in Corby, Kettering and the surrounding villages.”